Leven Global Leadership Academy

What is the Leven Global Leadership Academy?

The Leven Global Leadership Academy (LGLA) prepares a cohort of Jewish teens from around the world with marketable leadership skills and experiences that are transferable throughout their lives. Designed as an online cohort, it’s based on the three pillars that define a leader—Understanding Leadership Strengths, Relationship Building, and Scaling Impact. These are intended to create a strong force of teens who are our future leaders, committed to a strong Jewish community and a better world.

As a member of the LGLA, you will take part in monthly cohort calls, learn from prominent entrepreneurs and leadership experts, be mentored by past cohort members, and complete projects designed to further develop your leadership skills (like cultivating your strengths, networking, public speaking, and managing a team, just to name a few). You will also deliver a TED Talk at International Convention, which you will develop through the guidance of our mentors, staff, and our friends at TED. You will exit the program with further developed leadership strengths along with skills in relationship building and leading a movement to leave a larger impact.

LGLA generally looks to engage high school sophomores (grade 10, ages 15–16, though we’re open to other ages if it feels like the right fit) who have great leadership potential but may not necessarily hold formal leadership positions. LGLA intends to provide an alternative leadership experience to the experiential training that teens get in board positions.

Nominate a Teen for LGLA

Meet the 2021-2022 LGLA Cohort

Marnie

Bloom

Red River

LGLA Cohort Mentor

Bianca

Cherry

Pacific Western

LGLA Cohort Mentor

Opal

Cohen

Northern Region East: Northern Virginia

LGLA Cohort Mentor

Gonzalo

Zilberman

Argentina

LGLA Cohort Mentor

Shawn

Agrawal

Northern Region East: DC

LGLA Cohort Member

Diego

Agurto

Chile

LGLA Cohort Member

Santiago

Annes

Argentina

LGLA Cohort Member

Constanza

Canale

Argentina

LGLA Cohort Member

Ilana

Chase

South Jersey

LGLA Cohort Member

Niv

Derzi

Israel - Maccabi Tzair

LGLA Cohort Member

Rocio

Feilbogen

Argentina

LGLA Cohort Member

Brandon

Gable

Liberty

LGLA Cohort Member

Henry

Herskovits

Chile

LGLA Cohort Member

Iara

Joab

Argentina

LGLA Cohort Member

Arianne

Kirkel

South Africa

LGLA Cohort Member

Zane

Kohn

Hudson Valley

LGLA Cohort Member

Janice

Kovo

Argentina

LGLA Cohort Member

Elliana

Milman

Eastern: North Carolina

LGLA Cohort Member

Judah

Moskovitz

Vancouver

LGLA Cohort Member

Sophie

Myers

Northern Region East: DC

LGLA Cohort Member

Eden

Novick

South Africa

LGLA Cohort Member

Carola

Orbuch

Argentina

LGLA Cohort Member

Irina

Polack

Argentina

LGLA Cohort Member

Andres

Rubinstein

Uruguay - Macabi Tzair

LGLA Cohort Member

Emily

Schenkel

Eastern: North Carolina

LGLA Cohort Member

Dina

Shlufman

Greater Jersey Hudson River: Northern

LGLA Cohort Member

Omri

Shopen

Israel - Maccabi Tzair

LGLA Cohort Member

Eden

Smith

Michigan

LGLA Cohort Member

Ellie

Stander

Lonestar

LGLA Cohort Member

Lara

Weinstein

Argentina

LGLA Cohort Member

Carolina

Widder

Argentina

LGLA Cohort Member

Past Speakers & Guests

Learn lifelong leadership skills from top leaders across industries and begin building your professional network.

Shoshan Bloom

Global Chair of Limmud and Founder of LivLuv

Molly Dillon

Co-Author, Yes She Can and fmr. Obama Administration Policy Advisor

Ofo Ezeugwu

Founder and CEO of WhoseYourLandlord

Matt Grossman

Chief Executive Officer, BBYO

Justin Hefter

Entrepreneur and Co-Founder and CEO of Bandura Games

Ashley Kolaya

Associate Program Director, TED-Ed

Liron Lipinsky

Associate Vice President of Jewish Enrichment, BBYO

Taylor Lustig

Sr. Manager, External and Government Affairs at PepsiCo; fmr. Obama Administration Policy Advisor

Iris Mansour

Journalist and Founder of EveryEpic

Marc Saperstein

Vice Chairman, BBYO Board of Directors

Rabbi Daniel Septimus

Chief Executive Officer, Shalom Austin

Yolanda Savage-Narva

Director of Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Union for Reform Judaism

David Yarus

Founder, JSwipe

Ariela Lijavetzky

Youth Years Director, Ashoka Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay

Quotes from Past Cohort Members

“I think that my communication and adaptability has improved so much more. GLA has allowed me to gain so much confidence and this has allowed me to expand my network as well as giving me the opportunity to do this on a global scale.” —Lauren Frankal, United Kingdom & Ireland, 2019-2020

“I have learned to see the bigger impact of what I do. Before GLA, I had only focused on what I could do for myself and not how my leadership affects others. Now, I have a greater understanding of what I can do to help others in my community.” —Gabriella Cohen, Northern Region East: Baltimore, 2019-2020

“If there is one thing I want to bring back to my community from GLA is that being a leader is not necessarily about learning new skills, but it is mostly about taking the skills you already have and sharpening them.” —Evan Forman, Lake Ontario Region, 2018-2019

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LGLA Important Dates

Explore the key dates for the Leven Global Leadership Academy cohort for 2020-2021.

October 3

Call 1 | Orientation and get to know you.

October 10

Call 2 | Knowing Your Strengths

October 24

Call 3 | Relationship Building

November 14

Call 4 |  Scaling Impact

December 5

Call 5 |  TED: Surfacing & Developing Ideas

January 5

Call 6 | TED: Developing Ideas into Talks

January 30

Call 7 | TED: Delivering Talks

February 19

Present Talks at IC

March 6

Feedback & Celebration

February 13

Present TED Talks at International Convention

March 7

Call 8: Feedback and Celebration

Frequently Asked Questions

The Leven Global Leadership Academy is celebrating its third year as a highly regarded BBYO program. Learn more about the experience by exploring some common questions listed below.

What is the time commitment?

You should plan to commit between one and two hours a week to the Leven Global Leadership Academy. These hours include monthly cohort calls that you will take part in as well as projects you will work on to further foster your leadership skills.

Who should apply?

LGLA is generally targeted toward high school sophomores (grade 10, ages 15–16) who are looking to build their skills and experience outside BBYO’s traditional democratic leadership model. We especially encourage applicants who do not hold any formal board position.

What does a cohort call typically look like?

As a member of the LGLA you will participate in monthly cohort calls with all other LGLA teens. Calls generally fall into Leadership Sessions (you’ll have three of these) or TED Masterclass Sessions (you’ll also have three of these).

Leadership Sessions are 90-minute calls that workshop one leadership pillar with notable leaders and coaches, helping you refine your skills. A typical call agenda might look like this:

  • Icebreaker/Introductions

  • Workshop 1: Jewish Educator

  • Intro to the Leadership Pillar

  • Workshop 2: Leadership Pillar Speaker

  • Cohort Reflection

  • Upcoming Individual Projects

TED Masterclass Sessions are 45-minute calls where you’ll collaboratively develop the TED Talk that you’ll deliver at BBYO International Convention through feedback and coaching with your cohort.

How will I grow as a leader through LGLA?

Create your own leadership journey as you choose from a menu of projects that further develop leadership skills explored on the cohort call. These projects are intended to set you up for success in other leadership endeavors and to leave an impact on your community. Think: getting coffee with an alum, writing an article for the Shofar, and meeting with an executive in a field of interest. 

Click here for a peek at past LGLA projects.