BBYO Targets Eighth-Graders


This winter, the Baltimore Council of the BBYO will look to bring the BBYO experience to Jewish eighth-graders. The teens will have an opportunity to make friends who go to different schools, to learn about the BBYO and maybe even to hold leadership positions in the organization. Most importantly, the goal will be to bring the fun and excitement of the BBYO to more teens in Baltimore.

“BBYO is an incredible place for Jewish teens to find their Jewish identity, meet other teens with similar interests, make lifelong friendships and learn leadership skills that will stick with them for the rest of their lives,” Ilana Kornblatt, a senior at Pikesville High School and the Baltimore Council’s MIT-Mom (vice president of recruitment), explained.

From sports to dances, sisterhood and brotherhood events to meetings, the BBYO experience will be extended to eighth-graders in Baltimore. This eighth-grade initiative — “It’s Gr-Eight” — will focus on giving eighth-graders the opportunity to become involved on a chapter level in the Baltimore Council.

“This month, the Baltimore Council will be in full swing for eight-grade recruitment,” Kornblatt said. “We are having an Open House on Jan. 23 geared specifically for eighth-graders and a councilwide kickoff event on Feb. 1.”

Through this programming, the Baltimore Council will look to develop the next generation of leaders in the BBYO. The fun, social programming, as well as Judaic-based programming, will give eighth-graders the full BBYO experience before they enter high school.

For more information about the Baltimore Council’s upcoming events, contact Danielle Hercenberg at or 410-559-3549.

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