Building from our roots: AZA, BBG AND BBYO CONNECT “Starting high school is rough. BBYO provides the support needed to thrive.” — Charleston Senior and 49th Dixie Council Shaliach Benjamin Gilbert, first teen ever selected for the National Volunteer of the Year award from the American Lung Association Sam Finn, Aleph in Fisher AZA, BBYO Michigan Region, participates in a learning session at ILTC. Through BBYO chapters — AZA for high school boys and BBG for high school girls — Jewish teens plan and participate in social events, community service projects and other activities that develop their leadership skills, confidence and ties to Jewish life. 2 During the 2012–13 school year, AZA and BBG chapters grew to 550 across North America and another 47 in other countries, with total teen involvement reaching 40,000. In Los Angeles, AZA chapter Ema Shelcha AZA invited chapter members and their dads to a multi-generational camping weekend. All Alephs, male members of BBYO, explored ways that they could be leaders within the chapter whether through a Judaic, service or traditional elected leadership role. Working with the regional leaders in attendance, they learned how they could make a difference beyond the reaches of their chapter and be upstanding young men.