When our Foundation began supporting BBYO more than a decade ago, my late husband, Charlie (z”l)—himself a BBYO alumnus—said, “We must invest smartly—and this is a smart investment.”
Why is it a smart investment? Because pluralistic organizations like BBYO offer a range of experiences and opportunities proven to engage and impact a diverse population of Jewish teens. This assertion is born out in several pieces of research, the most recent of which our Foundation commissioned to look at the impact BBYO is having on Jewish teens. (Read BBYO Impact Study: A Summary)
As I write in a recent op-ed in JTA, it is up to us to ensure that the organizations, experiences and programs best fit to work with teens have the resources they need to grow, expand and deepen their impact. It is up to us capitalize upon this extraordinary opportunity to insure an under-resourced investment guaranteed to yield high returns. (Read Upping the Ante: Why I am Doubling Down on the Teen Years) Read More »
Summary: BBYO Impact Study: Analysis of Surveys Conducted with Current BBYO Members, College-Age and Young Adult Alumni and Non-Alumni takes a look at the impact of participation in the short, medium and long term. Overall, BBYO is having a remarkably positive impact. The BBYO experience results in young adults who are more inclined to have Jewish friends, believe that being Jewish plays an important role in their lives, hold leadership roles in their community and are committed to having Jewish families.
This impact research comes at a critical time. Researchers and sociologists who study American Jews have been documenting a decline in interest and participation in Jewish youth organizations and activities by young Jews. It is estimated that around 75 percent of teenage Jews celebrate their bar or bat mitzvah; yet, by the time these individuals reach their last two years of high school, at best about half continue to be involved in Jewish life.
Download: BBYO Impact Study: A Summary
Kol hakavod to the 2011 Kivun Intensive Cohort! These 25 outstanding young professionals will spend the next five months in an intensive professional development program that will guide their career development and empower them to become change-makers in the Jewish non-profit sector. The program will get underway with the first retreat May 24-26. A series of webinars, skills trainings and networking opportunities will follow, and a final retreat will be held October 24-26. Herewith, the names and organizational affiliations of the participants … Read More »
Cross-posted from BBYO.org.
This April an estimated 10,000 teens participated in J-Serve, the National Day of Jewish youth service. This year marks the seventh year in which Jewish youth from across North America, Europe and Israel have participated in J- Serve, in an effort to encourage community building and connections across religious and societal lines.
J Serve 2011 is the Jewish service component of the annual Global Youth Service Day of Youth Service America and is a collaboration of The PANIM Institute of BBYO and Repair the World. It is supported nationally by partner agencies BBYO, Bureau of Jewish Education of New York, Foundation for Jewish Camp, JCCA, Jewish Federations, Jewish Student Unions, Jewish Teen Funders Network, NCSY, NFTY, Rock the Vote, USY, and Young Judea, and generous support from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. Read More »
Remember the GA? Jeremy Sherman, International Co-President of BBYO, sure does, especially its focus on service. Here, Jeremy tells us about his New Orleans experience.
As the International Co-President of BBYO, Jewish values inform the work that I do all the time, but when I have the opportunity to be with a group of like-minded teens the effort is magnified manifold. I recently had the opportunity to attend the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly in New Orleans. Running parallel to the GA, the PANIM Institute of BBYO hosted The Big EASY: A Jewish Teen Summit on the Environment for teens across North America. As a participant of both programs in the two and a half days in New Orleans I learned, I served and grew my leadership and returned home with an invigorated optimism for the Jewish future. Read More »
Cross-posted from BBYO.org.
Watch an interview with BBYO teen Lucas Lendenbaum sharing his experience as a featured guest on the season finale of MTV’s “The Buried Life.”
Last spring the four young stars of MTV’s documentary “the buried life” spoke at BBYO’s East Coast Kallah Convention.
Their message focused on their television series that features their attempts to live out their dreams today and not get buried in the typical paths most people take in life, while at the same time giving back to strangers by helping to make their wishes come true too. BBYO was the first public audience they spoke to about the show since the series aired. Read More »
BBYO member Lucas Lendenbaum will appear on the season finale of MTV’s “The Buried Life” this Monday, Nov. 29th at 10 p.m. ET
Join him for a live, streamed interview after the show!
Last spring the four young stars of MTV’s documentary “The Buried Life” spoke at BBYO’s East Coast Kallah Convention. Their message focused on their television series that features their attempts to live out their dreams today and not get buried in the typical paths most people take in life, while at the same time giving back to strangers by helping to make their wishes come true too. BBYO was the first public audience they spoke to about the show since the series aired. Their focus on helping others is a key aspect of their show and resonates with the focus BBYO teens share to become stewards in serving their own communities. Before wrapping up their remarks, they opened up a question to the crowd of 450 asking them, “If you could do one thing before you die, what would it be?” Read More »