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Chapter Programming

This year, BBYO International Convention will take place everywhere. From Montreal to Moscow, from Buenos Aires to Baltimore, every single chapter across the International Order will offer an incredible chapter program during the weekend of IC. Programming can be in-person (if it’s locally safe to do so), digitally, or as a hybrid experience. Any BBYO member or Jewish teen your area can attend these programs even if they're not registered for IC. This is a great opportunity to invite prospective members to join in the fun and get a taste of the BBYO magic!

Program grants are available to support chapters who want to elevate their IC weekend events and experiences. Every chapter worldwide is eligible to apply for funding. It’s like a specific Gamechanger Grant for your chapter to do something epic during IC only. Applications will open on Thursday, December 17 and are due Monday, January 25. The earlier you submit your request the better; approval and funding will be awarded on a rolling basis.

Grants are intended to:

  • Elevate chapter programs beyond the “typical" and create innovative programs that level up the chapter experience and wouldn’t be possible otherwise

  • Supplement chapter programs budgets to expand the depth and/or reach of the program

  • Launch new chapters

  • Engage prospects and teens not yet involved with BBYO

  • Highlight service, advocacy, global Jewry, education, entrepreneurship, and more

  • Support WOW Programs at the chapter level

  • Leverage International Convention as a moment to raise the bar for chapter programming quality and amplify our power as a movement where every single chapter is programming on the same weekend.

  • Boost BBYO visibility, reach, and impact throughout your community

Applications will open on Thursday, December 17 and are due no later than Monday, January 25 at 11:59 PM local time. Applications will be reviewed, and funding awarded on a rolling basis.

Gamechanger Grants: Israel

Who: Open to all chapters, regions, and communities worldwide.
Opportunity: Plan an event or program designed to elevate the conversation around Israel.
Amount: $50-$1000; Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis while funds are available.
Timeline: Apply at least two weeks prior to your event.

Please read the information below before applying! The application link is at the bottom of the page.

At BBYO, we want to ensure that our Israel programming is sophisticated, thoughtful, high quality, and pluralistic. As such, we ask that your Israel program has an added value—an educational goal that goes above and beyond social programming.

As your ideating, please consider the following:

  • What is your program’s stated objective or intended outcome?

  • Does your program include meaningful or challenging discussion?

  • Does your program represent a plurality of views, when possible?

  • Does your program utilize a speaker or educator? If you are having speakers or guests, please make sure you have a person who is an example of an issue, rather than a representative for that issue. We are most interested in hearing about people’s personal stories and experiences, not their political punditry. If your program specifically engages in political discourse, please make sure a plurality of views are represented. For further questions reach out to Alana Ebin (Director of Jewish Enrichment at BBYO).

Before you apply, take time to build a thoughtful plan. Talk with your peers, staff and advisors about what will make the biggest impact for your community. They can help advise on your timeline, budget, and content. If you need any additional support or guidance before submitting your application, feel free to reach out to any of us at jewish@bbyo.org or through your International Sh'lichim. Your wins are our wins and we want you to thrive. Let’s make history!

Regional and Community BBYO Stand UP Projects

Throughout IC weekend, each region, community, or country will host a BBYO Stand UP project to support a cause, charity, or philanthropy in their local community. You’ll work with your local BBYO professionals and chapter advisors to determine the best way to make an impact on a particular passion that’s important to your local members.

Some limited funding is available for regions, communities, and countries to support their BBYO Stand UP project. Applications for funding will open on December 17 and are due January 18. The earlier you submit your request the better; approval and funding will be awarded on a rolling basis.

Check back soon to get the details all the epic chapter programming and BBYO Stand Up Projects taking place during IC weekend around the world.

Each region/community is asked to submit one IC 2021 Stand UP Form to share project plans.

  • Project Submission Forms will launch on December 17 and are due no later than January 18

  • Funding is available to support IC Stand UP projects and can be requested through this Stand UP submission Form

  • Every region/community should input their project details into MyBBYO or BBYO On Demand no later than January 25

  • Funding requests will be evaluated and awarded on a rolling basis

After IC, each region/community will be asked to share a few details about the impact of their IC 2021 Stand UP project.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there sample ideas for projects?

This is a great opportunity to look at the needs of your community. You can consider projects such as:

  • Partner with local organizations for hands on helping, raise money for an organization, collect supplies for an organization (e.g. food for local food pantry)

  • Consider competitions between chapters to raise money or collect items

  • Write letters to local government representatives to advocate or raise awareness around a specific cause

How much funding should I request for our regional/community project?

Funding awarded will likely range from $50 - $500 (USD) for Stand UP projects. You’ll be asked to provide a sample budget and how you will use the funds you are requesting in your application.

Should we plan our project any specific way?

Utilize the tools and resources available to you as you plan. If you have a standard planning form in your community, feel free to use that, or use BBYO’s Program Planning Form.

When will I find out if we are awarded funding?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, generally evaluating applications within seven to ten days of submission. There may be additional information requested through the review process.

We aren’t applying for funding, do I still need to complete the form?

Yes! We are collecting all region/community Stand UP project plans and are excited to see the impact you are making in your community. Submit your info here.

Plug-and-Play Chapter Programs

Feeling stuck? Here are three fun, easy, virtually-friendly chapter programs that you can pick up and run.

Chart Your Own Course

Created for BBGs by a Comedy Central producer, learn how to kick your inner critic to the curb and laugh along the way.

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Masterclass with an Expert

A cooking class with a chef. A workout class with a college athlete. Host an experience with an expert in something you love.

Explore

Israel in 2048

Through art-making, imagine Israel’s future and dive into complex topics around Israeli society.

Explore

Still not sure? See here for out-of-the-box program ideas, whether you’re in-person, virtual, or hybrid.

Promote Your Events

Use these flyer templates to start promoting your events!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Gamechanger Grants: Israel

Who: Open to all chapters, regions, and communities worldwide.
Opportunity: Plan an event or program designed to elevate the conversation around Israel.
Amount: $50-$1000; Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis while funds are available.
Timeline: Apply at least two weeks prior to your event.

Please read the information below before applying! The application link is at the bottom of the page.

At BBYO, we want to ensure that our Israel programming is sophisticated, thoughtful, high quality, and pluralistic. As such, we ask that your Israel program has an added value—an educational goal that goes above and beyond social programming.

As your ideating, please consider the following:

  • What is your program’s stated objective or intended outcome?

  • Does your program include meaningful or challenging discussion?

  • Does your program represent a plurality of views, when possible?

  • Does your program utilize a speaker or educator? If you are having speakers or guests, please make sure you have a person who is an example of an issue, rather than a representative for that issue. We are most interested in hearing about people’s personal stories and experiences, not their political punditry. If your program specifically engages in political discourse, please make sure a plurality of views are represented. For further questions reach out to Alana Ebin (Director of Jewish Enrichment at BBYO).

Before you apply, take time to build a thoughtful plan. Talk with your peers, staff and advisors about what will make the biggest impact for your community. They can help advise on your timeline, budget, and content. If you need any additional support or guidance before submitting your application, feel free to reach out to any of us at jewish@bbyo.org or through your International Sh'lichim. Your wins are our wins and we want you to thrive. Let’s make history!

Regional and Community BBYO Stand UP Projects

Throughout IC weekend, each region, community, or country will host a BBYO Stand UP project to support a cause, charity, or philanthropy in their local community. You’ll work with your local BBYO professionals and chapter advisors to determine the best way to make an impact on a particular passion that’s important to your local members.

Some limited funding is available for regions, communities, and countries to support their BBYO Stand UP project. Applications for funding will open on December 17 and are due January 18. The earlier you submit your request the better; approval and funding will be awarded on a rolling basis.

Check back soon to get the details all the epic chapter programming and BBYO Stand Up Projects taking place during IC weekend around the world.

Each region/community is asked to submit one IC 2021 Stand UP Form to share project plans.

  • Project Submission Forms will launch on December 17 and are due no later than January 18

  • Funding is available to support IC Stand UP projects and can be requested through this Stand UP submission Form

  • Every region/community should input their project details into MyBBYO or BBYO On Demand no later than January 25

  • Funding requests will be evaluated and awarded on a rolling basis

After IC, each region/community will be asked to share a few details about the impact of their IC 2021 Stand UP project.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there sample ideas for projects?

This is a great opportunity to look at the needs of your community. You can consider projects such as:

  • Partner with local organizations for hands on helping, raise money for an organization, collect supplies for an organization (e.g. food for local food pantry)

  • Consider competitions between chapters to raise money or collect items

  • Write letters to local government representatives to advocate or raise awareness around a specific cause

How much funding should I request for our regional/community project?

Funding awarded will likely range from $50 - $500 (USD) for Stand UP projects. You’ll be asked to provide a sample budget and how you will use the funds you are requesting in your application.

Should we plan our project any specific way?

Utilize the tools and resources available to you as you plan. If you have a standard planning form in your community, feel free to use that, or use BBYO’s Program Planning Form.

When will I find out if we are awarded funding?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, generally evaluating applications within seven to ten days of submission. There may be additional information requested through the review process.

We aren’t applying for funding, do I still need to complete the form?

Yes! We are collecting all region/community Stand UP project plans and are excited to see the impact you are making in your community. Submit your info here.

How do I plan a great chapter program?

Check out Building Great Programs, Essential Questions of Programming, and Program Planning Form—some of our favorites from the BBYO Toolbox. Chapter Programming Admins and Captains will also be on hand to provide chapter program training, coaching, and feedback.

What time should I schedule my chapter program for?

For the most part, you should schedule whenever works best for your chapter. However, you want to make sure you’re not scheduling your chapter programming during a major IC programmatic moment. Here are “blackout” times that you should avoid, depending on where in the world you are. See here for the full IC schedule.

Times to Avoid

Europe, Africa, Israel, Turkey, and the Former Soviet Union

  • Thursday, February 11 | 8:00-9:00 PM CET (Opening Ceremonies)

  • Friday, February 12 | 2:30-3:30 PM CET (Candle lighting + Kabbalat Shabbat)

  • Saturday, February 13 | 8:00-9:00 PM CET (Havdalah)

  • Sunday, February 14 | 7:00-9:00 PM CET (State of the Order and Movement Celebration)

North America and Latin America | East Coast

  • Thursday, February 11 | 8:00-9:00 PM ET (Opening Ceremonies)

  • Friday, February 12 | 5:00-6:00 PM ET (Candle lighting + Kabbalat Shabbat)

  • Saturday, February 13 | 6:30-7:30 PMET (Havdalah)

  • Sunday, February 14 | 1:00-3:00 PM ET (State of the Order and Movement Celebration)

North American and Latin America | West Coast

  • Thursday, February 11 | 5:00-6:00 PM PT (Opening Ceremonies)

  • Friday, February 12 | 5:00-6:00 PM PT (Candle lighting + Kabbalat Shabbat)

  • Saturday, February 13 | 6:30-7:30 PM PT (Havdalah)

  • Sunday, February 14 | 10:00 AM-1:00 PM PT (State of the Order and Movement Celebration)

Australia, China, and Eastern Russia

  • Friday, February 12 | 12:00-1:00 PM AEDT (Opening Ceremonies)

  • Friday, February 12 | 6:30-7:30 PM AEDT (Candle lighting + Kabbalat Shabbat)

  • Saturday, February 13 | 8:30-9:30 PM AEDT (Havdalah)

  • Sunday, February 14 | 5:00-6:00 AM AEDT (State of the Order and Movement Celebration)

What else should I be thinking about?

Your chapter board might be changing between now and IC—to make sure there’s continued support for creating an epic chapter program, you might want to have a committee of teens plan and lead the program.

How can I tell you what we’re planning?

Teen Steering Captains will be collecting chapter plans throughout January and February—so stay tuned. Plus, please make sure you’ve submitted your programs to MyBBYO (if you’re in the US or Canada) or On Demand (if you’re anywhere else and virtual) by January 25. If you’re submitting your event via MyBBYO, please select the event category “IC 2021 Local Event.” It’ll make it much easier for us to track (and celebrate!) all the events happening across the world during IC weekend.

How much money should I apply for?

Grants can range from $50 to $1,000 (USD) and will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Program content and quality

  • Event environment (atmosphere, look/feel, branding, hosting strategies)

  • Communication and outreach strategies

  • Engagement of prospects, current members, alumni, community members, and beyond

When will I hear whether my chapter received a grant?

You will generally hear a response from the grant allocations team within a week or so of submitting. They may follow-up asking for more information, so make sure to check your email.

How will my chapter get the funds?

Your regional staff will be transferred the funds after IC, once we receive your IC Chapter Program Grant Report Form. You’ll then work with your local staff to access the funds. All recipients will need to submit the following in exchange for awarded funding after the event using the IC Chapter Program Grant Report Form:

  • Event participant data (via Jotform, BBYO Sign-in Link, Excel spreadsheet, etc.)

  • Photo and/or video highlights

  • Teen Testimonials from the experience

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Gamechanger Grants: Israel

Who: Open to all chapters, regions, and communities worldwide.
Opportunity: Plan an event or program designed to elevate the conversation around Israel.
Amount: $50-$1000; Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis while funds are available.
Timeline: Apply at least two weeks prior to your event.

Please read the information below before applying! The application link is at the bottom of the page.

At BBYO, we want to ensure that our Israel programming is sophisticated, thoughtful, high quality, and pluralistic. As such, we ask that your Israel program has an added value—an educational goal that goes above and beyond social programming.

As your ideating, please consider the following:

  • What is your program’s stated objective or intended outcome?

  • Does your program include meaningful or challenging discussion?

  • Does your program represent a plurality of views, when possible?

  • Does your program utilize a speaker or educator? If you are having speakers or guests, please make sure you have a person who is an example of an issue, rather than a representative for that issue. We are most interested in hearing about people’s personal stories and experiences, not their political punditry. If your program specifically engages in political discourse, please make sure a plurality of views are represented. For further questions reach out to Alana Ebin (Director of Jewish Enrichment at BBYO).

Before you apply, take time to build a thoughtful plan. Talk with your peers, staff and advisors about what will make the biggest impact for your community. They can help advise on your timeline, budget, and content. If you need any additional support or guidance before submitting your application, feel free to reach out to any of us at jewish@bbyo.org or through your International Sh'lichim. Your wins are our wins and we want you to thrive. Let’s make history!

Are there sample ideas for projects?

This is a great opportunity to look at the needs of your community. You can consider projects such as:

  • Partner with local organizations for hands on helping, raise money for an organization, collect supplies for an organization (e.g. food for local food pantry)

  • Consider competitions between chapters to raise money or collect items

  • Write letters to local government representatives to advocate or raise awareness around a specific cause

How much funding should I request for our regional/community project?

Funding awarded will likely range from $50 - $500 (USD) for Stand UP projects. You’ll be asked to provide a sample budget and how you will use the funds you are requesting in your application.

Should we plan our project any specific way?

Utilize the tools and resources available to you as you plan. If you have a standard planning form in your community, feel free to use that, or use BBYO’s Program Planning Form.

When will I find out if we are awarded funding?

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, generally evaluating applications within seven to ten days of submission. There may be additional information requested through the review process.

We aren’t applying for funding, do I still need to complete the form?

Yes! We are collecting all region/community Stand UP project plans and are excited to see the impact you are making in your community. Submit your info here.