BBYO’s Super-Powered Convention

11 Feb
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Members of Sarasota’s BBYO Chapter at the North Florida Regional Convention

The BBYO North Florida Region’s largest convention to date on the weekend of February 7-9 was a huge success! Teen educators, including Sarasota’s Erica Brown, taught BBYO history, rituals, songs and cheers, as well as the traditions of what it means to be an Aleph and a B’nai B’rith Girl. All new members received training and tools to give them a strong foundation to build their leadership development.  Current chapter board members participated in the LTI, leadership training institute, where in small groups, they compiled a list of skills they were experts in and taught them to the entire group. We recognized that by working together, playing to all of our strengths, we can grow our movement even stronger.

Beautiful services were led on Friday night and Saturday morning. Teen leaders’ thoughtful planning created a powerful experience around the themes of comic book heroes and Israeli heroes. Special guests included Eric Hunker, a talented Jewish song leader from Pennsylvania who travels world-wide bringing music and meaningful experiences to Jewish communities. Convention participants also participated in a service and philanthropy project: we worked on crafting superhero capes to donate to the Tampa General Hospital’s pediatric center and held a text-a-thon benefitting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. We’re proud to announce we raised over $200 and donations are still coming in!

Overall the weekend was a fun and meaningful experience that our Sarasota chapter will remember forever.

Amanda Glucklich is Sarasota’s BBYO Advisor, a position funded by the Shapiro Teen Engagement Program (STEP) of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.

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One Response to “BBYO’s Super-Powered Convention”

  1. Amy F. Weinberger February 12, 2014 at 5:24 am #

    I could not be more proud of the BBYO leaders from Sarasota. It is very exciting to know that what we (David Gruber, Mitch Blumenthal, and myself) 19 years ago still matters to the teens and adults of Sarasota-Manatee communities. It is simply remarkable. Keep it going!

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