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Stand UP is creating change in communities across the country. Check out these articles to see some impressive Stand UP projects that have been published in local newspapers and websites, as well as articles written by members of Stand UP projects themselves.


Feb 16, 2016

Largest Teen Gathering of the Year Inspires Jewish Youth and Adults to Do Great Things

“As enormous changes unfold around us and throughout the world, BBYO’s leadership, both teen and adult, realize that the future of the Jewish community is brighter when we all come together,” said Matthew Grossman, BBYO Chief Executive Officer. “With 2,400 teens joining together at IC 2016, this event truly offers a unique opportunity for them to see how the BBYO local experience translates into being part of something bigger than themselves – the global Jewish people.”

Jan 28, 2016

Global Leaders Gather in Baltimore to Inspire Jewish Teens to Change the World

More than 4,000 teen leaders, educators, professionals and philanthropists from across the world will gather in Baltimore this February 11-15 to hear from distinguished change makers and to take part in the unique experience of breaking a Guinness World Record by joining together for the largest Shabbat dinner ever at BBYO International Convention (IC) 2016.

Nov 4, 2015

Hundreds of Holocaust Survivors to Celebrate Shabbat with Jewish Teens Worldwide

More than 500 communities worldwide will come together for BBYO’s Global Shabbat, themed A Shabbat to Remember, this November 6-7, just days before the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Aug 17, 2015

BBYO Teen Leaders Re-Commit to Gender Inclusivity

On Friday, August 14, 2015, the Executive Leaders of the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA) and the B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG), the high school leadership fraternity and sorority of BBYO, passed a motion to ensure BBYO continues to be fully gender inclusive and pluralistic.

Aug 3, 2015

BBYO Welcomes New Director of Jewish Enrichment

BBYO is delighted to announce the hire of a new Director of Jewish Enrichment (DJE), Aleeza Adelman of New Orleans, LA, originally from Newton, MA.

Jul 20, 2015

Shabbat to Remember Launches 50th Anniversary Kallah Jewbilee

This summer, BBYO’s International Kallah is celebrating its 50th Anniversary: 50 years of fostering Jewish education and identity, building experiences in a safe and fun environment where teens develop a personal connection to Judaism.

Jul 13, 2015

Make Every Day a Mandela Day

July 18 is Nelson Mandela International Day, a global call for the next generation to address the world's social injustices.

Jul 7, 2015

Discovery Communications Selects BBYO for Creating Change Initiative

Discovery Communications selected BBYO to participate in Creating Change 2014. BBYO, the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement with 100 staff members and more than 600 volunteers, used the partnership with Discovery to produce a talent recruitment video, “Find Yourself Here.”

Jun 25, 2015

Congratulations Ruthie Perlman, Diller Teen Award Recipient!

Ruthie Perlma of Gesher BBYO in Southern Region: Dixie Council, is one of 15 teens to receive $36,000 from the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards.

Jun 25, 2015

Congratulations Marissa Hacker, Diller Teen Award Recipient!

Marissa Hacker, alumna of Nefesh BBG #2038 in South Jersey Region, has been awarded $36,000 for her work on Fantastic Friends, an organization that helps kids with special needs foster friendships with their typically-developing peers.

Jun 25, 2015

Congratulations Jessica Markowitz, Diller Teen Award Recipient!

Jessica Markowitz, alumna of Evergreen Region BBYO and Madricha this summer at ILTC and Kallah, is one of 15 teens to receive $36,000 from the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards.

Jun 19, 2015

Hawaiian teen fights for ‘edible landscapes’ for needy neighbors

Talia Abrams from Kauai, HI is working to provide healthy food for neighbors in need utilizing public spaces on the island.

Jun 17, 2015

Turning teens into leaders

The International Diller Teen Fellows program, aimed at creating an international network of Jewish teenagers to serve as effective leaders, is being brought to Melbourne by the Zionist Federation of Australia (ZFA).

Jun 16, 2015

Local teen wins national young entrepreneur competition

Kayla Abramowitz, a 13-year-old from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, is getting nationally recognized for her nonprofit organization.

Jun 11, 2015

Saltzman Youth Panel engages students in philanthropy

The Saltzman Youth Panel, a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, brings together Cleveland Jewish high school juniors and seniors to deliberate how to distribute $42,750 in charitable funding to improve the Jewish community, along with $7,500 to the general community.

Twice the Help for Flood Victims - Roger Martin Properties

Jun 1, 2015

Twice the Help for Flood Victims - Roger Martin Properties

If you want to help our recent flood victims, here are two of our favorite ideas.

Jun 1, 2015

June 2 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Millions of Americans are coming together to fight for a country where every person can live a life free from gun violence.

May 28, 2015

Toronto Teens Launch Summer Camp 'Tikkun Olam' Project

One Stop Camp Shop seeks to link camp families through donations of new and/or gently-used camp supplies.

Looking back, ‘Hit a Jew Day’ target says silence is not the way

May 27, 2015

Looking back, ‘Hit a Jew Day’ target says silence is not the way

As a sixth-grader, Justin was on the bus to Parkway West Middle School when, out of nowhere, someone slapped him because he was Jewish. It was part of an unofficial school spirit week that started with “Hug a Friend Day,” moved to “High Five Day,” then “Hit a Tall Person Day” and, finally, on a Monday in October 2008, to “Hit a Jew Day.”

May 22, 2015

Teens in tzedakah program grant $25,000

The first Jewish Teen Foundation (JTF) board granted a total of $25,000 to nonprofits working to secure human rights for women and children following a year-long experiential learning program about philanthropy.