Choose Your Own Leadership Adventure with BBYO Leadership Labs !

Today is BBYO LEADS Day- a program immersion day that offers nearly 30 leadership labs with organizations across Baltimore. Teens are given the opportunity to learn about whatever interests them. While some chose to dive deeper into exploring advocacy, civic engagement or education, others spent their day covering event management and design or marketing and communications.

Andie Mermelstein and Jaclyn Finkelstein from Gold Coast Region at the Chapter Excellence Leadership Lab.

From learning about Israel with guest speakers like Nitzan Ben Shaya from the Maccabi World Union, to engaging in discussions about LGBTQ inclusion with representatives from the organization Keshet, teens are having meaningful experiences about relevant topics. Leadership Labs about chapter and program development encourage teens to be catalysts for change in their regions back home. Some participants were able to visit Civic Works Real Food Farm to gain insight about food sustainability. Additional sessions involving conversations about globalization, human rights, and philanthropy inspired teens to be change agents. There are even programs about political engagement and social entrepreneurship.

Transgender model and activist, Geena Rocero, engages teens in a question and answer session at the LGBTQ Inclusion Leadership Lab.

Transgender model and activist, Geena Rocero, engages teens in a question and answer session at the LGBTQ Inclusion Leadership Lab.

The many BBYO Leadership Labs offered at IC 2016 are enabling teens to lead their communities and expand their horizons!