Greater Atlanta Regional Conventions
Greater Atlanta Regional Conventions are weekend programs designed with a specific theme in mind. During the conventions, teens do BBYO-related activities focused around the AZA (male chapters) and BBG (female chapters) programs and traditions. Each convention is staffed with volunteer adult advisors and MJCCA Teen Department staff. The Greater Atlanta Region BBYO has five conventions during our programming year.
Leadership Training Institute (LTI): A weekend for chapter board members and general members to learn about being a leader and gain leaderships skills. The weekend will include leadership workshops, sisterhood and brotherhood programs, chapter bonding time, and training for chapter positions. LTI is held in August at an overnight camp facility and is open to 10-12th graders.
New Member Convention (NMC): A convention geared specifically for new members of BBYO. At NMC, new BBG Members in Training (MITs) and new AZA Alephs in Training (AITs) receive comprehensive information about BBYO and how it operates. Convention sessions focus on every aspect of AZA and BBG, including BBYO history, philosophy and terminology, rituals and traditions, songs, structures, and who's who among the youth leadership and the staff. The program is run by the Council Moreh and Morah (Membership Vice-Presidents). NMC is held in the fall at an overnight camp facility and is open to all 9th graders and steering committee members.
Kallah: This weekend, focused on Judaism, social action, and community service; is open to all members who are interested in an opportunity to further connect to Judaism, learn how to be an advocate for Israel, get involved in their community, and have fun with their BBYO friends. Kallah is held in January and is open to all 9-12th graders.
Spirit Region Convention (SRC): The MOST popular convention of the year! A long standing tradition, SRC brings together hundreds of teens for a weekend filled with friends from BBYO summer experiences, camp, and last year's SRC. Programming includes chapter spirit competitions, fun peer-developed programming, and brotherhood and sisterhood separates. SRC is held in November at Rock Eagle and is open to 9-12th graders.
Atlanta Spring Convention (ASC): A weekend comprised of programming from the five and six folds. Highlights of the weekend include the annual senior life ceremony, council board elections, and brotherhood and sisterhood separates. ASC takes place in the spring at either an Atlanta area hotel or overnight camp facility and is open to all 9-12th graders.
For more information, contact bbyo at 678.812.3970.
What are the folds?
AZA and BBG have segmented programming models, with each proscribed programming area referred to as a "fold". For AZA, the five folds are social, athletic, community service/social action, Judaic, and educational; for BBG, the six folds are sisterhood, creativity, recreation, Jewish heritage, community service, and social action. Some chapters also have adopted the unofficial seventh fold of Mind, Body, Attitude (MBA). It aims to create a better self image and better self esteem. Programs can be any time and involve any number of chapters (including both AZA and BBG together).
The MJCCA’s Inclusion Program strives to provide the necessary accommodations and flexibility for youth who require additional support so they may access the transformative opportunities available at the MJCCA. Our Inclusion Team collaborates with parents, educators, and staff to determine if successful program placement is possible. These youth and their families are then supported by our Inclusion Team through program accommodations and may also receive individualized assistance. Click here for more information.