Explore BBYO Stand UP Week by Day
Utilize the drop down menus below to learn about each day of BBYO Stand UP Week!
Monday - Standing UP for Global Issues
Ways to Stand UP:
Partners with a Voice
Advocate. BBYO’s partner, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) stands with women and girls worldwide in calling for the U.S. Congress to pass the International Violence Against Women Act. Sign their petition and support their We Believe Campaign here.
Serve. Check out the Human Rights Action Center for service opportunities in your area here.
Fundraise. Global Fund for Women has designed a handbook focusing on key ideas about raising money to fund women’s rights work on a global scale. Check out the handbook here.
Advocate. TOMS Shoes asks you to go “One Day Without Shoes," as a part of their efforts to educate on the plight of poverty. Children lacking access to good health care struggle to break the poverty cycle for themselves, their families and their communities. Help bring global awareness to children's health and education by going without shoes.
Serve. Many Jewish agencies support refugees and immigrants by helping them resettle and successfully rebuild new lives in our communities. Volunteer your time at your local Jewish family service agency or welfare program.
Fundraise. Ben Keesey, a speaker at AZA BBG IC 2013, is the CEO of Invisible Children, an organization that helps fund protection and recovery programs in the regions of northeastern Congo, South Sudan and Central African Republic to give children the brightest future possible. Support Invisible Children by clicking here.
Advocate. Host a program to teach people about the effects of natural disasters and how they continue to affect people long after they’re over.
Serve. The Red Cross provides food, shelter, comfort and housing for families affected by major disasters across the world. Learn how to become a volunteer with the Red Cross by clicking here.
Fundraise. As Filipinos work to recover from the wreckage left by record-breaking Typhoon Haiyan, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has helped thousands of survivors. Support the JDC's efforts by clicking here.
Responsibility to Others
Advocate. In the nearly three years since the war in Syria began, more than 100,000 people have been killed, 2.3 million people have fled to neighboring countries and 6.5 million are displaced within Syria itself. Send letters to your nation’s president to show solidarity with Syrians.
Serve. In 1994, Rwanda suffered a devastating genocide leaving hundreds of thousands of children without families.Work with
The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) to send care packages to vulnerable teenage orphans in Rwanda. Learn more about ASYV by clicking here.
Fundraise. In response to recent events in Kiev and throughout Ukraine, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has activated its emergency response network on the ground. Donate funds in support of the JDC’s efforts in Ukraine by clicking here.
Tuesday - Standing UP for National Issues
Ways to Stand UP:
Forestry and Ecology
Advocate.Become a park advocate by getting involved with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) as they work to protect and enhance America’s national parks for present and future generations. Learn more about their efforts in supporting clean water solutions here. You can also learn about how the World Wildlife Fund is influencing policy here.
Serve.In North America alone, there are over 450 national parks and hundreds of more ways you can help sustain them! Find a volunteer opportunity at a park near you in the United States and Canada.
Fundraise. Did you know that BBYO has two national forests in Israel? Support the Jewish National Fund by donating money to plant trees in Israel by clicking here. You can also donate to Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority here.
Advocate.Start a book drive with your friends and family to raise awareness for the literacy gap in your country.
Serve.Become a reading buddy! Volunteer in your school system to read to younger students in your area. After school programs like those supported by the Boys and Girls Clubs are a great place to get started!
Fundraise.Teach For All works to expand educational opportunities in countries all over the world. Help raise funds for one of their network partners to support educational equality in your country. For a list of participating countries in Teach For All’s network, click here.
Wednesday - Standing UP for State/Provincial Issues
Ways to Stand UP:
Drunk and Distracted Driving
Advocate. Sign a pledge with the government to drive phone-free and become an advocate for the cause by clicking here. Find legislation in your state, or start a petition on change.org to discourage leaving the scene of an accident, like this one for Florida. To learn more about distracted driving laws in your state, click here.
Serve. Volunteer to help victims and families of drunk driving with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in your state by clicking here. You can also participate in a WALK like MADD® event in your area, MADD's 5K event celebrating creating a brighter future without drunk driving and underage drinking.
Fundraise. Raise funds to help the families of those affected by distracted drivers by supporting People Against Distracted Driving (PADD) by clicking here.
Advocate. Coalitions against domestic violence exist in almost every state to facilitate change in domestic violence laws and policies in your area. Do a quick search of the coalition in your state to see how you can get involved in changing policies. You can also check out Break the Cycle, an agency empowering youth to end domestic violence by clicking here.
Serve. Many local Jewish Federations work with agencies that support victims of abuse. Volunteer your time working with victims of intimidation, threats, insults and emotional and physical abuse. Visit The Jewish Federations of North America website to learn more.
Fundraise. Hold a charity dinner within your community to support local victims. Invite speakers who can share their story with those in attendance.
Thursday - Standing UP for Community Issues
Ways to Stand UP:
Advocate. Convey a meaningful message to your local elected official by showing that hunger is an important issue to you. Participate in MAZON’s Paper Plate Campaign today!
Serve. Peanut Butter and Jam Slam is a campaign supported by DoSomething.org. Collect jars of peanut butter for your local food bank and spend the day volunteering your time to provide food to those in need.
Fundraise. Participate in or host a Hunger Banquet in your area to raise funds for those suffering from poverty and hunger.
Advocate. Support DoSomething.org’s campaign, The Bully Text, to show that everyone has the power to end bullying. Play The Bully Text with your friends to find out how.
Serve. Get involved at school by creating a School Safety Committee. Talk to administration about including anti-bullying programs in the curriculum, or starting a peer mentoring club.
Fundraise. STOMP Out Bullying™ is the leading national anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S. Funds raised for the campaign go towards helping at-risk students by providing in-school education, public awareness and education, a dedicated web site, brochures and materials to assist bullying and cyberbullying prevention education and peer mentoring in schools. Support their efforts in your community by donating funds here.
Health and Illness
Advocate. BBYO teens at AZA BBG IC 2014 received firsthand training from representatives from the American Heart Association on how to save a life. You can join those teens and educate yourself right at home by visiting Be the Beat and challenging yourself and all of your friends to become heart heroes.
Serve. Create get well cards and care packages for people suffering from illness and deliver them to your local hospital.
Fundraise. Form a team for an organization’s walk-a-thon (like the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer) and encourage friends and families to donate to support you.
Friday - Standing UP for Personal Issues
As individuals, we all undergo different experiences and various challenges and many times these events will inspire us to ingnite change. We are all born with a voice and therefore have the ability to change the world. Jewish teens, when speaking up for themselves and the issues they care about, are able to seek justice, peace, kindness and work towards tikkun olam, repairing the world.
Today is about YOU! Challenge yourself! What do you believe in? What do you care most about? What experiences have you had, and what will you do to channel those experiences to making the world a better place? Today is your day to stand up for what you care about.
Use your passion to create awareness throughout your many communities. Choose a new BBYO Stand UP cause for your chapter, plan a program for your brother Alephs and sister B’nai B’rith Girls or plan an event for the entire Jewish community.
Ways to Stand UP:
Find a cause that is meaningful to you and be the change you wish to see! Visit change.org today to support a petition relating to your cause. Can’t find one that suits you? Start your own!
Through social media (preferably on Facebook/Instagram), share a story or experience that has changed you and/or made you feel passionate about making a change. Share the causes and organizations you feel passionately about. Attach a picture or other form of media to bring your story to life. Encourage your brother Alephs and sister BBGs to share their stories on the BBYO Stand UP Week Facebook group!
Saturday - Stand UP and Speak UP for Israel
Ways to Stand UP:
There are many ways to support the State of Israel on Shabbat!
Host a Shabbat dinner with Israeli cuisine and discuss your Israel experiences. Whether you have visited Israel or not, everyone has something to share!
Attend a Shabbat service at a local synagogue, or host your own! Invite a local IDF veteran to share their experience with everyone in attendance. Ask the Rabbi of your synagogue if you can help lead the Prayer for the State of Israel.
AIPAC and CJPAC work towards strengthening the relationships of the United States and Canada, respectively, with the State of Israel. To learn more about their efforts, visit www.AIPAC.org or www.cjpac.ca. Interested in lobbying your Congressman on issues relating to Israel? Click here to find your U.S. Representative.