Stand UP

Our grassroots service initiative

Judaism teaches and obligates us to support those amongst us in need. Rooted in Jewish values and BBYO tradition, Stand UP is how we practice tikkun olam—the act of repairing of the world—by giving back to our communities. This initiative empowers you to identify a cause that you're passionate about and develop your own campaigns, partnerships, and ongoing programs. Let's be a generation of self-aware, motivated change agents and make our local community and the world better places for all.

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Stand UP is a priority because of Alephs and BBGs just like you, who cared deeply about building a better world and using AZA and BBG as a platform to do so. Launched during the 2009-2010 programming year, Stand UP was created to build upon BBYO's new "movement" identity. Stand UP encourages members, chapters, and regions to personalize their service efforts to reflect the causes and issues that matter most to them.

Stand UP is more than just direct service. We look at Stand UP through the lens of SPACE, which stands for Service, Philanthropy, Advocacy, Community Organizing, and Entrepreneurship. When you select a Stand UP cause, we hope that you engage with the cause through all facets of service. How can you raise money? What are you doing in your community to make policy changes? Are your members educated about the cause? Learn more about each pillar of SPACE.


Service is all about volunteering our time to benefit a cause in a direct or "hands-on" way. Common examples of direct service include cleaning up a park, working at a food bank, or visiting a children's hospital.

Find an organization for your chapter to partner with and see what ongoing support they need. Build an army of volunteers in your community to participate in direct service with the organization on a regular basis.


By giving, we can make a huge difference to the people and organizations we support. While we all come from different socio-economic backgrounds, we all are able to give something. As Anne Frank once wrote, "no one ever became poor from giving."

Incorporate philanthropy into your Stand UP effort by hosting fundraisers like bake sales, ticketed dances, or restaurant profit-shares. Capitalize on your major convening moments throughout the semester for collection drives, and work with your Stand UP cause organization to truly fulfill their needs.


We are empowered to use our voices to make the change we hope to see in the world. Advocacy is about using information to achieve an action or influence change.

Advocate for your Stand UP cause by calling, meeting with, or writing letters, emails, and tweets to elected officials, pushing businesses to change practices, and enlightening the general public to adopt new behaviors.

Community Organizing

Community organizing is an inherent skill of any Aleph or BBG. This pillar focuses on bringing people together to take action in the pursuit of your shared Stand UP cause.

Implement community organizing efforts for your Stand UP cause by hosting rallies at your school, collecting signatures for petitions, planning community marches, or bringing people together for debate and discourse.


Just as entrepreneurs change the face of business, social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss. They improve systems, invent new approaches, and create solutions to change society for the better. This is all about finding ways to fix problems and taking the initiative to implement it on a large scale.

Bring entrepreneurship to your Stand UP cause by hosting a hack-a-thon or bringing in speakers to educate your community about the problem. With great education comes great ideas.

Selecting a Stand UP Cause

Stand UP causes can be selected for chapters, councils, regions, or countries every year, or for multiple years for a greater impact. This is an opportunity to choose a cause that truly reflects the interests of your members to ensure their ongoing interest and participation. In many ways, selecting and supporting a cause for your community will be like running a nonprofit with efforts throughout the year. The possibilities of what you can do with your Stand UP cause are endless. 

Learn some tips and tricks for selecting your cause in the link below.

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P.S. Selecting a Stand UP cause is a great example of a piece of legislation you can bring to a business meeting.

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There are important dates to keep in mind when prioritizing Stand UP. These dates include hands-on training opportunities, Movement mobilization moments, registration dates, and relevant programs that tie to service. Check back as new campaigns launch and calls, rallies, and event pop up.

Fall Semester 2019

Patriot Day

September 11

National day of service and remembrance in the United States and Canada.

Int'l Day of Peace

September 21

A day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace.

IC and Summit Registration Opens

September 26

Stand UP with thousands in Denver this February.

Fall Fest Season


Utilize the hundreds of teens coming to your Fall Fest event for a Stand UP giving drive.

World Mental Health Day

October 10

A day for mental health education, awareness and advocacy against the stigma.

Summer Registration Opens

November 7

Register for a BBYO Stand UP Summer experience.


December 3

A global philanthropy moment ignited by social media.

Globaler Schabbat

December 13-14

Invite a speaker to educate about your cause at your Global Shabbat experience.

ISF Spread the Light Campaign


Get involved in AZA and BBG's Hanukkah philanthropy campaign.

Spring Semester 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 20

National day of service in the United States.

Int'l Holocaust Rememberance Day

January 27

International memorial day commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust.

IC and Summit

February 12-17

From speakers to service projects—there are dozens of ways to Stand UP at IC.

World Wildlife Day

March 3

Celebrate and raise awareness about the world's plants and animals.

Int'l Women's Day

March 8

Celebrate and honor the achievements of women and raise awareness about gender equality.

World Water Day

March 22

Raise awareness about the importance and management of fresh water

AIPAC Policy Conference

March 1-3

Hear from top leaders about the issues facing Israel today.


March 29

Plan or be a part of your community's largest service moment.

Yom HaShoah

April 20-21
27th of Nisan, 5779

Holocaust Memorial Day

Yom Hazikaron

April 27-28
4th of Iyyar, 5779

Israeli Memorial Day

Yom Ha'atzmaut

April 28-29
5th of Iyyar, 5779

Israeli Independence Day

World Refugee Day

June 20

A day dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.


Make your community a better place by planning or taking part inthe International Day of Jewish Youth Service →

Stand UP Summer

Explore direct service opportunities from D.C. to South Africa to Thailand →


Run programs about racial justice, the global refugee crisis, women empowerment, and more →


Want to keep learning? Explore more Stand UP tools below!

Five Paths to Civic Action

If you need inspiration for your next big fundraising idea, check out these successful short-term projects and long-term campaigns.

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Fundraiser Ideas

If you need inspiration for your next big fundraising idea, check out these successful short-term projects and long-term campaigns.

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Movement Initiatives Cheat Sheet

Understand why we run Movement Initiatives and how it ties to our year round MRIHA strategy.

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Planning any Stand UP event requires the same level of effort and thought as any other program. Utilize the Program Planning Form for your next service event.

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Sample Outreach Script

Starting a relationship with organizations can be intimidating. How do you even get started when you make the first call? Build your confidence when calling organizations by looking at this example script between a BBYO member and a Volunteer Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity.

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Stand UP Community Assessment

Identify the needs and values of your community to help narrow down a Stand UP cause.

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Stand UP Leadership Roles

Everyone has a role in making a Stand UP campaign successful. Get ideas for general Stand UP campaign responsibilities and see how roles can be divided between board members, chairs, and general members.

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Stand UP Road Map

Start planning your Stand UP campaign by mapping your assets and dividing responsibilities.

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Text Studies

Check out these powerful text studies built for BBYO's Safe Schools Initiative. Utilize these texts to enhance your programming, leadership trainings, services, and more.

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Values Dictionary

We do what we do because of our values—our Jewish values. Use these terms to guide conversations, create convention themes, and integrate into programming in any service moment.

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You've Worked Hard. Let's Celebrate. 🎉

For all of our hard-working volunteers, fundraising champions, and brave leaders—we want to celebrate you. By running a Stand UP campaign, you may be eligible for a number of highly esteemed AZA and BBG International Awards including the Anita Perlman Stand UP, Gemilut Chasidim, International Service Fund (ISF) Clubs, Henry Monsky Chapter Excellence, Miriam Albert Chapter Excellence, and Maurice Bisgyer Chapter Excellence Awards. If you know an Aleph or BBG who deserves to be recognized for their work to strengthen our priorities, consider nominating them for the Menorah Pledge and Cardinal Principles Awards.

Learn more about your eligibility by exploring these awards below:

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