- Children, Youth & Teen Menu
The JCC is proud to be the home of the Calgary chapter of BBYO, the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For over 90 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens. It’s 30,000 members belong to chapters throughout Canada, the United States, Israel, England, Western Europe, South America, South Africa, and Australia.
For youth in grades nine to 12, BBYO is divided into two components: AZA (Aleph Zadik Alelph) for Jewish males and BBG (B’nai Brith Girls). In smaller cities the program may function as a BBYO chapter that includes males and females.
BBYO is also, quite proudly, a youth organization led by the youth themselves. Through participation in democratically functioning chapters, our members learn by direct involvement. With guidance, advice and support from adult staff (including at least one adult advisor for each chapter), our members take active roles in planning and carrying out the many activities offered by BBYO. These activities typically include implementing a variety of social, athletic, community service, cultural, philanthropic and Judaic programs.
This myriad of activities helps each member:
- form strong, long-lasting friendships with other Jewish youth
- enhance social and leadership skills
- further personal growth
- identify with Israel
- strengthen Jewish identity
- foster a positive sense of community responsibility
- increase understanding and regard for the democratic process
- have a good time
Calgary is part of the “Northwest Canada Region” which brings together teens from our city with Edmonton, Saskatchewan, and Vancouver for weekend long conventions five times a year:
- MIT / AIT – A weekend convention for incoming grade 9 members. Programs focus on providing the history, traditions and objectives of BBYO through interactive and experiential activities.
- Leadership Training Institute (LTI) – This program is designed to teach and enhance the leadership skills of the members through experiential workshops.
- Snoboy / Sisterhood – Calgary AZA provides a weekend of sporting activities culminating in a hockey tournament while BBG focuses their weekend on personal growth and sisterhood programming.
- Inter-Regional Kallah (IRK) – The weekend explores issues related to specific Jewish topics with participants from Winnipeg.
- Spring Convention (SC) – Regional business and election of the regional board are the focus of the weekend.