2017-09-27 / Columns

Stand UP initiative will focus on the entire South Jersey community

BBYO BLOCK
By EMMA WEISS & ADAM CHAZIN
SJR Regional Sh’lichim


Gathered together were BBYO leaders (from left), Regional Godol Brett Eisenberg; Regional President Trudi Fleishman; Regional Director Barrie Mittica; and International Sh’licha Noga Hurwitz. Gathered together were BBYO leaders (from left), Regional Godol Brett Eisenberg; Regional President Trudi Fleishman; Regional Director Barrie Mittica; and International Sh’licha Noga Hurwitz. On Monday, Sept. 11, the South Jersey Regional Board and executive body ratified a motion to adopt a new Stand UP cause for the 2017-2018 programming year. Stand UP is a BBYO initiative that empowers teens to identify a cause that inspires them, and develop their own campaign to affect positive change in their local and global community. It is a grassroots movement of Jewish teens across the globe to take action and tackle the issues and causes they care about most, while empowering a generation of young Jewish leaders who are self-aware and motivated to become agents of change in their communities.

This year, a proposal was sent to the Regional Board and executive body that chose “South Jersey: The Community” as our cause for the year. A typical Stand UP cause is an issue to gather, support and influence change, and we do this through S.P.A., which stands for Service, Philanthropy, and Advocacy that we use to support the causes we choose.

When brainstorming a cause to pick for your chapter, a certain organization cannot be thought of as a cause. The Community is not a typical cause, but the plan is to work harder than ever to strengthen the community this year.

Instead of choosing just one cause for the year, we will be able to choose a new cause to focus on each and every month that affects the community here in South Jersey. Soon, a survey will be sent out to the entire SJR BBYO community so they can suggest causes for us to focus on each month.

Because of South Jersey Region’s extension to Princeton and other towns, such as Cinnaminson, one month will be designated to the Princeton/- Mercer area and another month for the other towns not centrally located in the Voorhees-Cherry Hill community. In the past few years, causes have been poverty, homelessness, hunger, and many more, but have not been able to successfully initiate change in our community from focusing on specific causes for the year.

The Regional Board, executive body, and entire region are thrilled to have a new cause for the year that allows the region to have at least nine focus causes throughout the year. Together, as South Jersey Region BBYO, new precedents will be set in our region for Stand UP and more people will take action in the community to strengthen those in and out of BBYO. 

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