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October 29, 2009

BBYO and Central Region East BBG was a very important part of my Jr. High & High School experience. Growing up in a mostly Christian part of PA, this was a low stress, fun way to meet other Jewish te... more

May 24, 2011

BBYO is an important social forum for Jewish Youth of any denomination.

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October 29, 2009

BBYO and Central Region East BBG was a very important part of my Jr. High & High School experience. Growing up in a mostly Christian part of PA, this was a low stress, fun way to meet other Jewish teens, make friends and have tons of fun. I also attended ILTC which was a great experience.

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awesome.

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be alot bigger and help more Jewish youth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

October 26, 2009

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October 26, 2009

As national director of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, I have seen BBYO transform itself over the past seven years into an organization that truly “gets” teens. With its finger constantly on the pulse of teen trends, BBYO presents an excellent opportunity for engaging young Jewish leaders and providing deep, meaningful experiences that create a permanent connection to the Jewish community. The proof of BBYO’s success is both anecdotal—just read the reviews submitted here by BBYO alumni—and very quantifiable: nearly 28,000 teens currently participate in BBYO programs, an 82% increase over the number of teens involved when BBYO assumed new leadership just five years ago and more than double the number of teens involved when BBYO became independent of B’nai B’rith International in 2002. An independent study showed that BBYO alumni have a stronger Jewish connection than those in the general Jewish population based on several measures, including how they regard being Jewish and their emotional attachment to Israel. Furthermore, with exemplary professionals manning the helm through tight operational controls and data management, BBYO has developed a time-tested strategic and forward-thinking approach to its work. Teens are given high-level opportunities to drive the organization and develop valuable leadership skills—including public speaking, program planning, community organizing and managing people—that prepare them to make positive contributions to the world around them as adults. Through its Professional Development Institute (PDI), BBYO is providing several cohorts of professionals with free MBA degrees and certificates in Jewish education to support and grow their work in the Jewish community. For our foundation, it imperative that the organizations we support are working to engage as many young Jews as possible in vibrant Jewish communities that are welcoming, diverse and inclusive; supportive of Israel; and dedicated to service. BBYO has created an efficient, effective network that delivers this pivotal experience for the teen cohort. Our chair, Lynn Schusterman, summed it up best when she said, “BBYO is one of my most meaningful philanthropic endeavors because it represents our greatest hope that today’s teens will grow up to raise Jewish families, be leaders in the Jewish community and live, full Jewish lives.”

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watching its new leadership expertly guide the organization as it has doubled in size over the last seven years and seeing the ultimate payoff in the record number of teens who have developed a meaningful connection to the Jewish community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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