BBYO Annual Report FY 13 - Page 17

A Letter from the Board Chair Each year, as an organization, we look to grow?—?enhance our systems, further improve program quality and engage more teens. Our high standards are met and matched by the ambitions of the young people we work with and support. Two years into our strategic plan, we’re on the path to our goal of engaging 70,000 Jewish teens over five years. But, it’s not just about the quantity of teens engaged, but the quality of the experience they have. We have invested in staff training and volunteer support, Jewish educational content development and strengthening our transition points at middle school and post-high school. We are also looking forward at the challenges facing the Jewish community and the opportunities BBYO has to address them. This year, our teens were determined to go local and build from the roots, addressing each member and growing each chapter (all told, more than 550!). Their goal resonated with me personally, as an alumna, a parent of a new member and lay leader. BBYO, in so many ways, is the root of my personal Jewish journey. It’s through BBYO programming that I learned to feel proud of my heritage and identity, cultivated invaluable leadership skills and the confidence to be a champion for our Jewish future. As a ????????????????????????????????????????????????????)???5??????i???? e