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The B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO) is a trans-denominational youth led organization open to all Jewish teens. BBYO provides opportunities for Jewish youth to develop their leadership potential, a positive Jewish identity and commitment to their personal development. The youth participate in democratically functioning small groups, known as chapters, under the guidance of adult advisors and professional staff.
The objectives of the organization are as follows: To help Jewish youth enhance their knowledge and appreciation of Jewish religion and culture by discovering those aspects which are meaningful to them. To provide Jewish youth with the opportunities to learn leadership skills and develop their leadership potential to their fullest capabilities. To help Jewish youth recognize opportunities for service and encourage involvement in the Jewish and the general communities. To develop in Jewish youth an appreciation for the meaning and practice of T'zedakah both in the Jewish and the general communities. To help Jewish youth develop a commitment to the State of Israel and K'lal Yisrael. To help Jewish youth develop a positive self-image. To encourage the development of friendships between Jewish youth. The B'nai B'rith Youth Organization consists of three youth components designed to provide leisure-time programs of Jewish education, leadership, community service and recreation: Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) for ninth through twelfth grade boys B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG) for ninth through twelfth grade girls Teen Connection for seventh and eighth grade boys and girls. BBYO provides Jewish living and learning experiences for Jewish teenagers. Programs include holiday celebrations, religious services, inter-faith activities, institutes and seminars, music and dramatics, speech contests and athletic contests. BBYO offers extensive summer programs in Starlight, Pennsylvania, Mukwonago, Wisconsin and in Los Angeles at the University of Judaism. In addition to the United States, BBYO has affiliates in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, England, France, Ireland and Israel.
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