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Richmond BBYO is alive and well even during these challenging COVID times.

We are creating virtual chapter programs as well as positioning our chapters to meet in-person as soon as we are able.  Our mission in BBYO has not changed. We believe that we can enrich the life of a young person in a very profound way.

We bring Jewish teens together so they can form powerful, authentic relationships with each other and with inspiring adult role models. We do this by creating compelling Jewish environments and experiences where they feel pride in who they are, in control of their own destiny and a part of something greater than themselves.

Charlotte BBYO is ready to welcome all Jewish 8th – 12th graders to be part of our movement. For more information about becoming a member of BBYO, email charlotte@bbyo.org or go to https://bbyo.org/become-a-member to join today.

Summer of 2020

This past Summer, BBYO offered several virtual summer experiences, which included chapter leadership, global leadership, Jewish enrichment, Women’s leadership, and boy’s engagement. Globally, over 700 teens participated in these virtual experiences.

In late August, teens from, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Southern Georgia came together for a virtual leadership convention to plan for the programming year ahead. “The theme of the weekend was Invent the Future, because while we can’t predict what’s ahead, it’s up to us to create the experience WE want to have,” said one of the coordinators.

Conventions

In October, we held our new member convention virtually, which included 84 teens from across the region. Teens were able to connect with each other, make new friends and have fun celebrating Shabbat and learning the basics of BBYO. So far this year, Richmond has welcomed 13 new members!

We finished off the fall term with a virtual Regional Convention featuring engaging speakers, enticing programming and our favorite part of the weekend: Havdalah with our Eastern Region community.

This year, our teens put on both virtual and small in-person programming that was engaging and exciting. As COVID numbers began to rise again after the holidays, the teens quickly pivoted back to virtual programming only. The creativity that our teens have shown during this challenging time has been incredible to see. We are hoping to start small in person programming again early this spring.  In the meantime, check out BBYO’s virtual platform BBYO on Demand.

If you have any questions about BBYO, please email Regional Director Lauren Revenson at lrevenson@bbyo.org.

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