The 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. The BBYO Community Engagement Fellowship creates opportunities for BBYO alumni to strengthen Jewish campus life to ultimately enrich the greater Jewish community.
Now in its fourth 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.
Core Goals of the Fellowship
BBYO Community Engagement Fellows are a team of AZA and BBG alumni that:
- Collaborate 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 and remain connected to BBYO
- Connect BBYO alumni to Jewish experiences offered by the greater community throughout their college years
- Engage BBYO alumni on campus, and provide them with unique leadership and networking opportunities, amplifying their interest in Jewish involvement either as a professional career path and/or volunteer option.
Partnerships Development Opportunities
Fellows work with Hillel and other existing Jewish campus outlets (ie: 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. Partnerships are not required for every engagement activity, but are encouraged to deepen the experience and possibilities for continued Jewish involvement on campus.
Professional Development Opportunities
Professional development opportunities are integral to the BBYO Community Engagement Fellowship experience. As part of the Fellowship, each Fellow attends at least one Jewish communal conference or program. Additionally, Fellows are 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 benefit from being part of the network of current and past Community Engagement Fellows. Lastly, Fellows 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 is 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, professional development experiences, and abroad learning experiences are also available from the Fellowship.