Chase Flagel of Marietta, Georgia Elected to BBYO International Board at BBYO’s International Convention (IC) 2020
Thousands of teens gathered in Dallas to affirm their roles as societal change makers at IC 2020, The largest celebration of teen culture and leadership in the world
130 Atlanta teens joined more than 5,500 teens, educators, thought and business leaders, celebrities, political figures and philanthropists from around the world, making it one of the largest Jewish leadership events in North America and the largest gathering of Jewish teen leaders worldwide. Taking place over Presidents’ Day weekend, February 13–17, 2020, BBYO International Convention 2020 offered countless opportunities for Jewish teens to connect with their peers, grow as leaders, and commit themselves to new causes, social challenges, and bold initiatives.
For the Atlanta community, Sunday’s elections of the 2020-2021 AZA and BBG International Boards were a highlight. Chase Flagel, 17, of Walton High School, was elected as Moreh (or Vice President of Recruitment). In this role, Chase will be a part of a twelve-member international teen board that will help organize BBYO’s vision for the coming year and provide leadership and support to teen leaders in local communities throughout the BBYO system.
“I am truly honored to be able to work with teens all around the world to strengthen our organization and enrich the experiences of each and every teen,” said Flagel. “I am so thankful for my family, friends, Hazakah AZA #2458, and Greater Atlanta Region #55 for always supporting me and pushing me to continue inspiring people to care about BBYO as well as teaching me the skills and knowledge that I will use on the International Board.”
“Building resilient Jewish teen leaders is at the core of what we do in BBYO. Each of our teens takes such pride and an active role in their chapters and on a regional level and it shows with their elections to BBYO’s International Board,” said Abby Lesorgen, Interim Regional Director. “We are so excited to see Chase execute his vison for next year and continue to empower teens to leave their mark on Jewish history not only here in our area, but, all over the world.”
Among the many speakers to address the crowd at IC 2020 were: David Dobrik, YouTube Creative; MK Stav Shaffir, Member of Knesset, State of Israel; Craig Kessler, Chief Operating Officer, Topgolf; Sophia Bush, Actress, Activist, Director, and Producer; Chris Ulmer, Founder, Special Books by Special Kids; Bari Weiss, Editor, The New York Times;Cornell Brooks, Director, Social Justice Collaborative, Harvard and Former CEO, NAACP; and youth activists, Claire Sarnowski and Naomi Wadler.
In addition to the hundreds of speakers and guests throughout the weekend, IC delegates had access to a wide range of programming focused on empowering them to bring new ideas to fruition, including:
- Over 50 hands-on service opportunities at sites across the Dallas metropolitan area
- The launch of Voice Your Vote, a year-long national voter registration drive and civics campaign
- An immersive, international onsite cafe to explore cultures, try languages, and embrace traditions from peers across BBYO’s 50+ countries
- A special moment honoring two of the last surviving WWII U.S. military personnel who liberated Europe’s concentration camps and in commemoration of the 75thanniversary of the end of the Holocaust
- …and much more!
BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For more than 90 years, BBYO‘s leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, high school fraternity) and the B’nai B’rith Girls (BBG, high school sorority) have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of more than 400,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life.
Now, BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences. With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values.
MORE INFO: Abby Lesorgen, 678.812.3899, firstname.lastname@example.org