Governance & Democracy

Our global operating model

Our Movement functions because it's run by us, for us. If you want to see something changed in our Movement, you can write a motion. If you want to serve in an elected position, you can run. If you want to start a new campaign, you can organize. We are member-led and staff supported. You have the power to make this your movement. How will you use it?

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For a movement to run and grow, it needs shared operating procedures. In AZA and BBG, we have standardized ways and best practices for elections, running business meetings, writing constitutions, branding ourselves, and more.

Elections

AZA and BBG elections generally happen every six months on the chapter level and annually on the council, regional, and International level. While there may be nuances from community to community about running elections, we have standardized procedures on how Alephs and BBGs are elected to leadership positions. If you are running elections for your community, this information will come in handy. There's a lot to know!

Election ProtocolsElections Script

Constitutions

Constitutions are the established rules and principles that guide our governance. At every level of AZA and BBG, there should be a constitution. The constitution is our source of truth when we're unsure about decisions, and you have the power through legislation to put forth changes you wish to see. If your chapter, council, region, or country does not have a constitution yet, view AZA's and BBG's International constitutions as a model or contact our International Mazkirim for support.

AZA Int'l ConstitutionBBG Int'l Constitution

BBYO Parliamentary Procedure

While it may seem complicated and confusing at times, parliamentary procedure is incredibly helpful in running a successful meeting. The procedures ensure order, maintain consistency across meetings and protect the rights of the members. We are a democracy, after all! These procedures were adapted from many sources including Robert's Rules of Order, which is a standard across governments and institutions.

Learn the Rules

Branding

Our brand is our identity and how you choose to represent it reflects on all of us. From the swag you make for your chapter or conventions to the graphics you post on social media, we have to ensure that people not only perceive AZA and BBG in a positive light, but are inspired to want to be a part of it. Click on the files below to download the main logo files for designs in your community. Anything that you print with these logos should represent our Movement positively and adhere to brand standards.

Plan Ahead

There are important dates to keep in mind when prioritizing our operations. These dates include hands-on training opportunities, Movement mobilization moments, registration dates, and relevant programs that tie to governance and democracy. Check back for constitution workshops, election packet dates, board trainings, and more.

Launch

International Leadership Network (ILN) Applications Open

June 8, 2022

The ILN is where members can help build the Movement. Teens can sign up for an existing group or build their own

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Event

International August Executives Conference

August 17, 2022

August 21, 2022

BBYO’s annual gathering of the highest-elected teen leadership (President) from every community to plan, train, and vote on legislation.

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Training

Officer Training Calls

September 19, 2022

Interactive workshops to learn the ins and outs of elected leadership roles in BBYO.

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Deadline

International Awards Deadline 🏆

November 1, 2022

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Training

Officer Training Calls

November 13, 2022

Interactive workshops to learn the ins and outs of elected leadership roles in BBYO.

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Training

Officer Training Calls

January 15, 2023

Interactive workshops to learn the ins and outs of elected leadership roles in BBYO.

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Deadline

International Awards IC Deadline 🏆

January 16, 2023

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Deadline

International Awards Deadline 🏆

April 20, 2023

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Training

Officer Training Calls

April 30, 2023

April 30, 2023

Interactive workshops to learn the ins and outs of elected leadership roles in BBYO.

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Governance Tools

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You've Worked Hard. Let's Celebrate. 🎉

For all of our committed Alephs and BBGs supporting our democratic values—we want to celebrate you. By following our governance standards, you may be eligible for a number of highly esteemed AZA and BBG International Awards including the Shield of David, the Star of Deborah, Henry Monsky Chapter Excellence, Miriam Albert Chapter Excellence, and Maurice Bisgyer Chapter Excellence Awards. If you know an Aleph or BBG who deserves to be recognized for their work strengthening our priorities, consider nominating them for the Menorah Pledge and Cardinal Principles Awards.

Learn more about your eligibility by exploring these awards below:

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