BBYO Community Engagement Fellowship
Following high school graduation, members of AZA and BBG arrive on campus with leadership skills and passion for the Jewish community that is unparalleled by the majority of their peers. As BBYO marks a decade of independence and reaches record numbers of Jewish teens in communities around the world, college campuses across North America are now regularly inundated with talented Jewish students that are passionate about Jewish life and have the skills to build Jewish communities in unique, strategic and appealing ways.
In an effort to address a growing desire from BBYO alumni, motivated and proactive in their quest to connect, explore and participate in communal life, BBYO is proud to offer the BBYO Community Engagement Fellowship. The BBYO Community Engagement Fellowship is a bold way to harness the energy and skill-sets of AZA and BBG alumni to bolster Jewish life across multiple platforms that intersect across the college experience.
BBYO Community Engagement Fellows will be a team of AZA and BBG alumni that will:
- work together to connect graduating Jewish high school students with the right Jewish opportunities on the campuses of their choosing;
- create opportunities for BBYO alumni to connect with each other on campus;
- connect BBYO alumni to Jewish experiences offered by the greater community throughout their college years.
Fellows will work with existing Jewish campus outlets (ie: Hillel, Jewish Greek Life, AIPAC, etc) and their peers to engage other alumni, as well as those Jewish students that may not be participating in organized Jewish activity on campus, in social and meaningful experiences.
Each fellow will work on his/her local campus to engage BBYO alumni and other Jewish students.
Summer employment is also guaranteed through BBYO summer experiences, BBYO passport travel and other Jewish camps. Leadership roles for BBYO delegations on immersive experiences like Birthright Israel and March of the Living may also be available.
Personal and Professional Development
These opportunities are integral to the BBYO College Engagement Fellowship experience. As part of the Fellowship, each Fellow will attend at least one Jewish communal conference or program. Additionally, Fellows will be paired with accomplished mentors while bolstering their resumes with important skills such as public speaking, digital marketing and managing a budget, as well as working on a dispersed team. Fellows will benefit from being part of the network of current and past Community Engagement Fellows. Lastly, Fellows will have access to domestic and international travel experiences that will further enrich their own Jewish identities while also expanding BBYO's impact on the greater Jewish community.
Each semester, a stipend will be awarded to each Fellow. Academic credit can be earned in relevant areas of study as academic trajectories relate to the focus of the Fellowship specifically. Salary for summer employment is in addition to the academic-year stipend. Scholarships to attend Jewish communal gatherings and professional development experiences are also included in the Fellowship.
Now in its second year, some of BBYO's strongest recent alumni will join this yearlong program as campus engagement point people across North America. Capitalizing on the leadership skills gained during their time in AZA and BBG, each fellow will create engagement opportunities that will meaningfully connect BBYO alumni, and their friends, to Jewish movements and gatherings across North America.
- Alumni of the BBYO high school movement (primarily AZA and BBG)
- Will be a Sophomore, Junior or Senior during the 2013-2014 academic year, pursuing an undergraduate degree in any field (Freshman are ineligible for the Fellowship)
- Motivated self-starter; comfortable working in an environment with distance supervision
- Track record of stewarding strong partnerships
- Enjoy working with multiple stakeholders, including professionals, volunteer advisors, teens and partner organizations
- Commitment to professional development
- Proficiency in remote communication and networking technologies preferred
- Strong understanding of social media
- Enthusiasm for the Jewish community and building an environment that is accessible to everyone
- Organize two alumni engagement events on campus per semester
- Identify and connect with BBYO alumni on select college campuses (including the campus where a Fellow is based as well as others nearby potentially)
- Build and sustain an ongoing rapport with successful alumni for mentoring and career networking
- Fill key roles at BBYO summer experiences, BBYO International Convention and local Friends and Alumni Network events
- Attend Jewish communal gatherings as a BBYO representative (paid for by BBYO) and host reunions, receptions, exhibition stations or speak on panels
- Manage a budget, track data accurately, exceptionally role model for peers and teens, and join all conference calls, retreats and meetings for local and North American-wide responsibilities