On September 19th, teens from Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver came together for MIT AIT and RLTC at the Calgary JCC.
Teens in grade 9 attended their first BBYO convention as MITs, or members in training (girls) and AITs, or Alephs in training (boys.) MIT AIT is a fun and exciting convention that allows our grade 9 teens to make friends,
learn about BBYO, and have meaningful Jewish experiences.
RLTC, or Regional Leadership Training Convention, is for chapter and regional board members. Our teen leaders gathered for a great weekend of training, leadership development, and of course, lots of fun!
Both conventions took place at the same time and shared a few guest speakers, programs, and community service.
We heard from Munich Olympics participant, Karen James. Karen shared her remarkable story and taught the teens about speaking up and changing the world. Hadar Epstein, the JNF National Education Emissary, also stopped by for a fun afternoon program and discussion. And finally the teens shared the experience of supporting the Calgary United Jewish Appeal, or UJA. Naomi Paulson, our Regional Aym HaChaverot said “The calls went really well. I learned that the UJA is such an important organization and they do so much!” Josh Harendorf, the Calgary Youth and Teen Coordinator at the JCC said that “making these phone calls is part of a broader organizational mission to instill the values of tikkun olam and involvement in the Jewish community.”
Kol haKavod to the convention coordinators, Rebecca, Noah, Naomi, and Tevyn!