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: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

i was a member in PCR region. On board. Now i joined to make new friends, and i did. i was enjoying up until i went to an Official event. i thought bbyo wasnt supposed to be about drugs. but there was kids smoking weed, drinking, and other stuff. its not ok. I recently quit. i experienced this in 6 different chapters around the PCR region. Some of the Older kids (senior, junior, sophmores) where getting freshmen and 8th graders into drugs. thats not okay with me. And also, there is a lot of racial discrimination. They would use the "n" word a lot! and other terrible and rude words. i do not recomend signing your child in BBYO. its not a good organization

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

make the rules stricter and get rid of the bad teenagers.

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

would talk to the young kids about ways to get into girls pants

Ways to make it better...

there was not drugs and discrimination.

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?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

BBYO has provided me and teens across the world with a true Jewish experience. From meeting Jewish teens like myself to learning how to become a Jewish leader in my community, I cannot begin to fathom all the ways that BBYO has affected my everyday life. From BBYO, I have embraced my Jewish Heritage and have learned what it truly means to be a leader.

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

every way possible. I can now say that I am a leader in the Jewish teen community.

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

promote it more, so that more kids have the opportunities that it gives.

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

meeting teens like myself around the world.

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

of each and every background. BBYO celebrates diversity.

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

provide Jewish teens the power to change the world.

Ways to make it better...

BBYO was more organized.

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

getting funds to run its amazing programs.

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?

2009-11-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

BBYO gave me the chance to gain leadership experience which has helped me in college. The friends i met will be sisters for life and i know that the girls will always be there for me.

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

an extemely positive way.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

BBYO is absolutely fantastic. The opportunities and friendships that it offers are completely undescribable. It's not just a non profit organization, it's a family of people who all have something in common. The people are all welcoming and happy to see everyone and it's such a warm and positive place.

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

change the world

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

I am a senior in high school and I have been in BBYO almost 5 years now. I love it more than anything and I could never have met all of the people, attended any of the programs or experienced the Judaism that I have gained if it were not for BBYO. It has changed my life through its great deeds.

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

more ways to count than one. I get to experience the love that each and every person I have met feels for me as I do for them. I get the rewarding leadership skills that the organization gives to me. I got to connect with chapter/region staff and leaders.

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

Make the programs longer and the caps on the size of International Conventions and programs larger, as to meet more people for a longer amount of time.

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

How much it can actually give back to you. The more you put into BBYO the more you get out, and really that should be the way for every nonprofit. I have put so much time in and I get SO much out. Hanging with friends, running programs and loving it all.

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

WOW! absolutely amazing. The current program advisor hasn't even been here very long but she is wonderful and the previous one was phenomenal as well. At my summer programs the staff has been great and the International Office is so amazing.

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

Do more than anyone who has ever doubted this organization could ever imagine. BBYO could help the lives of so many, not just in my region but in the world. It could help each region's Stand Up initiative and it would give back to the World Community.

Ways to make it better...

There had not have been people in it before that would have ruined my beginning experience for me.

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

Money-related. The organization needs more money to do more good. Also, people who don't believe in the miracle of BBYO, but we will prove them wrong.

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

This organization is amazing and wonderful and the only thing I would point out is that we should start expanding to other and more countries to make BBYO even larger than it already is.

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

BBYO is the single best thing for any Jewish teenager to get involved with the BBYO experience, some of which includes bi-monthly meetings, social action projects, chapter sleepovers, laser tag events, dances, weekend long conventions at a hotel with the rest of our region and much, much more. we learn about our Jewish Heritage and world problems through fun and interactive programs and activities. Everything we do, we do as a chapter. Together, we participate in the movement to make a difference in the world by getting involved in community service projects and fundraisers. But becoming being a part of BBYO is so much more than meetings and programs or anything you can read in a brochure. It’s about discovering your true identity. It’s about expanding your horizons to learn more about yourself from people just like you. It’s about becoming a sister. It’s about becoming part of the sisterhood. I love this organization and any successes I've had so far are all from skills I've learned at BBYO. It is truly amazing how much of a difference it has made in my life.

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

everything. All the skills and experience I've gotten here have helped me get positions on other board I am involved in and have helped me get my summer job!

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

make it last longer than high school. Just four years seems too short.

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

all of the leadership opportunites it opens up. Where else can a teenager have the power to hold a gavel in their hand, create agendas and run board meetings all on their own?

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

my advisors and regional directors who were always there to help. The allow me space to grow and learn but if i was struggling they would be happy to step in.

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

change the world. The Stand Up! Campaign which is all about giving the teens a chance to make a difference and Stand Up for a cause they are passionate would flourish.

Ways to make it better...

there is actually no experience I would change. Even losing elections in BBYO doesn't take away from the experience because, as one of my advisors told me, sometimes those little bumps in the road make for a more interesting ride

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

the struggles to get new members. Membership is never easy but that's a challenge that isn't so much the faults of the organization but in the lack of intrest in religious youth groups.

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

I LOVE BBYO!

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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