Training and Leadership Development

Preparing the next generation of leaders

The secret to our success in AZA and BBG is the strength of our leaders. Alephs and BBGs learn new skills and sharpen old ones through year-round training experiences at local and movement levels. Taking time at the beginning of each year to reflect on our wins and identify opportunities for us to grow—as individuals and as chapters—is one of the most important things we can do. When we set goals, understand the responsibilities of our roles, and use the tools that are available to us, we’re unstoppable.  

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At the start of every semester, chapters and regions run training experiences for teens in formal and informal leadership roles. These moments serve to align teens, staff, and advisors on goals for the upcoming term, learn new and re-fresh familiar best practices, and build plans to kick off their calendar strong. Annually, every community centralizes this training at the community and local levels. Communities offer Regional Board Retreats and local experiences often called Leadership Training Institutes (LTIs). Additional training opportunities are offered year-round on BBYO On Demand for all teens, from any community, to join in.

Models for Regional Board Retreats

Regional Board Retreats are held at least annually, ideally twice per year, as a moment to onboard community executives. It serves as a moment for boards to get to know one another, prepare boards for success, and establish critical relationships with staff members. These retreats share the common goal of being filled with fun, team building, training moments, breaking down goals, helpful conversations, and building connections. Leaders should walk away with the tools and connections they need to support their community and its chapters.

Model 1

One Day Experience

For bringing together a regional/council board for day-long onboarding.

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Model 2

Two Days, One Night

A Shabbaton experience that spans 2-days, 1 the regional/council board.

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Model 3

Weekend - Long Experience

Structure for a 3-day, 2-night experience for regional/council board members.

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Models for Leadership Training Institutes (LTIs)

Leadership Training Institutes (LTIs) are held annually or at the start of every semester for a community's leaders. While traditionally for teens with elected leadership positions, it is a best practice to create space for appointed (chairpersons) or aspiring (engaged members) leaders to join as well. LTIs vary in size and structure, but all share the common goals of: (re)sharing tools and best practices, generating relationships between networks and boards, breaking down goals, and uniting the community around a shared vision for the year ahead.

Model 1

One Day Experience

Design to support a one day training for chapter leaders.

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Model 2

Two Days, One Night

A Shabbaton experience that spans 2-days, 1 night chapter leaders.

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Model 3

Weekend - Long Experience

Structure for a 3-day, 2-night experience for chapter leaders and aspiring leaders.

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Training Sessions

Download templates to edit and customize for your local community that spans core AZA and BBG training topics. Explore our featured training sessions to get started.

Check out additional training sessions that are live in the Program Bank!

Supplies

Explore curated tools from the BBYO Toolbox to build stunning and fun environments for hosting training experiences. Below is a curated set of branding tools and templates to print for your event. To explore the full library of design tools, check out the design filter on the BBYO Toolbox.

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Environment

When we offer training experiences, it's important that we model the kinds of spaces we want our members to create throughout the year. Just seeing a well-branded BBYO space can inspire strategic thinking and behaviors. It's the unwritten training during your training weekend! Remember to order items at least two weeks before any event to avoid rush shipping fees.

Flags

Sizes: 5'x3'
Vendor: Custom Flag

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Hanging Banners

Size: 4'x7'
Vendor: Echod Graphics
Instructions: Order 13 oz. vinyl banner with 2 grommets on the top side.

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Corn Hole

Vendor: Zazzle

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Photo Mosaic

Size: 10"x10"
Instructions: Print a huge batch of your photos in this template and cut them out to hang up around your space.

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Podium Sign

Vendor: Echod Graphics
Instructions: Select Rigid Board  and then choose "Foam Board" or "Gator Board" for materials.

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Step and Repeat

Size: 8'x8' or 8'x10'
Vendor: Echod Graphics
Instructions: Order 13 oz. vinyl banner with grommets every two feet on the top side or a pole pocket on the top.

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Community Maps

Size: 36"x24"
Vendor: Vistaprint

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Movement Poster Set

Size: 11"x17" or 24"x36"
Vendor: Vistaprint

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Feather Flag

Size: 114''x30''
Instructions: Order the Razor Flag
Vendor:
Best Flag

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Shabbat Shalom Sign

Size: 22"x24"
Vendor: Echod Graphics
Instructions: Select Rigid Board  and then choose "Foam Board" or "Gator Board" for materials.

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Challah Covers

Size: 14"x14"
Vendor: 4imprint
Notes: Design can be ordered in any color.

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Lanyards

Vendor: Dynamic Gift
Instructions: Email Rebecca Montrenes from Dynamic Gifts and attach desired artwork.

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Name Tag Templates

Size: 4"x3"
Instructions: Order and format on this Avery Template and print at local office. Do some test prints to make sure the name tag lines up—every printer is a little different! Don't forget to order the name tag plastics, too!

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Placards

Sizes: 11"x8.5"
Instructions: Print on card stock at local office. If you have time, trim the edges for best result.

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Slide Deck Templates

Size: 16"x9"

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Hosting

Small touches can go a long way to making someone feel welcomed. Use the tools below to model great hosting.

Shirts

Use one of these top notch shirt designs to giveaway at your next event.

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Fraternity and Sorority Hats

Vendor: Rush Order Tees or Crooked Monkey

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Wrapping Paper

Size: 6' roll
Vendor: Zazzle
Instructions: Upload the BBYO Menorah icon and size to your liking

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Confetti

Vendor: Zazzle

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Training Sessions

Download templates to edit and customize for your local community that spans core AZA and BBG training topics. Explore our featured training sessions to get started.

Check back soon for additional training sessions that will be live in the Program Bank this August!

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Join a Training  📆

Multiple times a year, the Grand and International Boards run interactive workshops geared toward chapter leaders to provide them with the tools, connections, and experience they need to build excellent chapters. 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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Officer Training Calls

April 30, 2023

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

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Officer Training Calls

September 18, 2023

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

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Officer Training Calls

November 13, 2023

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

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Celebrate Wins  🎉

Alephs and BBGs who receive Movement training will likely be eligible for several highly esteemed International Awards. Be sure to encourage those who you have worked with to explore what they may be eligible for.

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Featured Training Tools

Want to keep learning? Explore more in the Toolbox!

Template

The Membership Mile: Breaking Down Regional Goals

Use this template to break down a regional membership goal.

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Template

Regional Constitution Template: AZA

Use this template to write or update your regional constitution.

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Video

Get to Know BBYO | Episode 1: Our History

Get to know the history of AZA & BBG, the principles of our Movement, and the values that BBYO stand for.

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Resource

Seven Principles of Jewish Leadership

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z"l sets out seven of the many axioms of leadership done in a Jewish way.

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Template

Sample Constitution Ratification Motion

Customize this motion to present your updated constitution at a business meeting.

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Design

BBYO's Mission, Vision, and Values

Learn the language for how BBYO defines itself and what it stands for.

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Resource

Guide to Being Chapter N'siah

Use this to learn all about serving as N’siah and find more tools and information at bbyo.org/presidents.

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Template

Chapter Planning: Goals and Calendar

Set your chapter up for a great year with fun goals and an easy to use calendar.

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Resource

Creating Strong Board and Staff Teams

Use this road map of best practices and tips to build one of the most important relationships: boards and staff.

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