BBYO

Rating: 4.75 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 2020 K St Nw Suite 7400 Washington DC 20006 USA

Mission: BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement in North America aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For more than 80 years, AZA and BBG (boys and girls chapters respectively) in communities around the world have been providing exceptional leadership programs and Jewish identity enrichment, shaping the lives of 250,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life. Now, more than ever, BBYO offers innovative opportunities for teens to connect with one another, serve their communities, navigate the college admissions process and travel the world, providing each participant with a network of lifelong friends, a perspective which adds value and meaning to life and a shared commitment toward strengthening the Jewish future. 
Programs: Inspired by our past and motivated by the needs of the future, BBYO is committed to reaching Jewish teens in unprecedented numbers. This commitment comes at a critical point, as the Jewish community is struggling to connect young people to their heritage and history. Fewer and fewer Jewish teens are engaging in Jewish life following their b'nai mitzvot, and one study shows that by the time Jewish teens reach their senior year of high school, less than 30% are involved in any formal or informal Jewish experiences. As a teen-led, pluralistic organization, BBYO is uniquely positioned to reverse this trend and to ensure a more secure Jewish future by using new approaches and emerging technologies to capture the Jewish teen market in ways that were once unimaginable. Key to the organization's success has been a highly effective leadership model operating on the local, national and international levels through a fraternity/sorority-based chapter structure. Formerly affiliated with B'nai B'rith, in 2002, BBYO was restructured as an independent international organization. While still capitalizing upon its leadership development programs, this move to independence affords BBYO the opportunity to forge a new direction and adopt a much more expansive and transformational approach to engaging Jewish teens. BBYO now offers a broad array of social, political, spiritual and cultural opportunities. Jewish teens are encouraged to create and lead their own communities through local chapters and BBYO's unique online network - www.b-linked.org. Once connected, they have access to a variety of resources to help them through the college admissions process, take part in community service projects, travel to Israel and around the world and communicate with their peers.
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Great for both of my children. Happy we found it! My daughter grew as a great leader, coordinator and speaker within the organization Regards, Ella R.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

BBYO helps kids to believe in themselves and become stronger

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

BBYO is not just another teen group. It is a lifestyle. It is a way of life. The friendships and lessons I have mnade with BBYO will stay with me forever. BBYO gives Jewish teens the ability to learn, to teach, and to have fun. I wish it never had to end!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my leadership skills. I am growing into the woman I want to be.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friendships I've made. I will always stay connected with my BBYO friends.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

welcoming and friendly. They are amazing role models.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand more. We could reach every Jewish teen in the world. It could support and nourish future BBG's and AZA's to mold them into the leaders of the future.

Ways to make it better...

it never had to end!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Through BBYO, I have gained amazing leadership skills, way beyond those possesed by most other teenagers my age. I have made life long friends and had the opportunity to become involved in amazing community service projects. BBYO really gives teenagers a change to run their own organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my leadership skills and how I spend my weekends. I have met my best friends and planned some amazing events.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get more teens involved and build stronger bonds between regions.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have been able to meet some very inspirational teenagers and inspire other teenagers in my region.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increase recruitment processes and provide even more scholarships to regional and international programs allowing more teens to be active in BBYO.

Ways to make it better...

if I could remain a BBYO member beyond high school.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

recruiting new teens and keeping them active and engaged. Everyone is so busy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I owe all of my leadership skills to BBYO. I am so glad I attended by first event.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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