BBYO: Meeting and welcoming new members through COVID-19

November 25, 2020

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Programming for Tidewater BBYO has been a challenge, to say the least. With national BBYO restrictions in place to ensure the teens’ safety, including no indoor gatherings, members have had to be creative and patient. Meeting at the mercy of the weather has probably been the biggest problem.

Still, the girls have had great programs including Tie-Dye and a Paint Bar. The boys have enjoyed Paint Ball and a Sports program.

Earlier this month, thanks to the Nied family allowing BBYO to take over their yard, area BBYO gathered for Fall Festival and Havdalah. With a limit of 25 teens in place, it was a very special event—the weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed AZA and BBG being together for the first time since the start of the pandemic. The event was a great opportunity to reconnect and to celebrate Havdalah together.

Moving towards winter, it is going to become even harder to hold in-person programming and it may be necessary to switch to virtual, but a little cold weather won’t deter this amazing group of teens.

BBYO is currently welcoming eighth graders to the community, along with any high school teens who are interested.

For more information, contact Benita Watts, City director, at  bbyo@simonfamilyjcc.org.

- Benita Watts

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