Summer Experiences

CLTC + Stand UP Washington, DC

Discover what it means to be a leader on CLTC with an incredible community of your peers, then Stand UP in the capital of the United States to address issues of hunger and homelessness and learn how we can create change.

  • Spend a transformative twelve days developing and strengthening leadership skills that will shape the future of your local chapter at CLTC!

    Then continue on for Stand UP DC to discover a new face of America’s capital – learning about issues of poverty and homelessness. Our volunteering includes street outreach as well as preparing and delivering meals. We’ll also meet with leaders of Jewish and secular organizations who are committed to making a difference. Along the way, there will be plenty of time to explore and enjoy all that a Washington, DC summer has to offer.

    NOTE: To choose this connected experience, you must register separately for Stand UP DC and CLTC.

     

    Itinerary Snapshot

    A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

    Part #1 | CLTC

    At CLTC, teens will have a meaningful summer, and it’ll also be fun! They’ll make strong friendships while enjoying free time (or chofesh), new hobbies, sports competitions, leading and celebrating Shabbat and so much more!

    Part #2 | Service & Learning

    Land in Washington, DC and get oriented at our college campus base. The first week of our experience is designed to expose teens to the causes of and responses to hunger and homelessness issues in our nation’s capitol. In addressing these issues through a lens of universal Jewish values, participants will learn the impact that one person can have on a community.

    Part #3 | Policy and Change

    Our second week includes a focus on the organizations and policy ideas at the forefront of hunger homelessness advocacy. Get inspired by the Jewish and secular leaders who are leading these efforts and learn how policy ideas can translate into real change. In addition to our hard work and learning, there will be plenty of time to explore the highlights of Washington and enjoy the best of a summer in America's capital city.

    Program Highlights

    For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

     

    Volunteer alongside leading non-profits making a difference in the fight against hunger and homelessness
    Meet with leading Jewish and secular organizations advancing public policy ideas to make a difference
    Visit the BBYO and Hillel International headquarters in the heart of Washington, DC
    Learn about Jewish life in Washington, DC, and celebrate Shabbat with a local community
    Rediscover all the highlights and off-the-beaten path attractions of Washington, DC
    Experience a taste of college life staying on a major DC college campus

    How the Connection Works

    As a connected experience, this program combines CLTC + Stand UP DC. At the end of CLTC you will have the option to utilize a supervised shuttle or non-supervised flight (depending on the numbers) that will bring you to our accommodations at the George Washington University dorms in Washington, DC for the start of Stand UP (extra fee applies).

    CLTC #2 connects with Stand UP DC #1
    CLTC #4 connects with Stand UP DC#2

    Our Community Partners

    So Others Might Eat (SOME)

    SOME is a recipient of the 2007 National Capital Business Ethics Award, and exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. SOME meets the immediate daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing, and health care. SOME helps break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time. While providing a wide range of direct services, SOME also advocates for public policy and program changes that will better serve the needs of DC’s homeless and other low-income residents. As a Stand UP participant at SOME, you will participate in direct service by working alongside SOME staff and volunteers to help prepare and serve meals in the dining hall to SOME’s clients. You will also have the opportunity to attend a workshop on homelessness and social justice, take a tour of SOME’s facilities and learn about all of SOME’s services and programs.

    We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as DC Central KitchenMartha’s Table, National Coalition for the Homeless, Thrive DC, Central Union Mission, ONE DC and Street Sense.

    BBYO Passport's Stand UP Washington, DC is organized in partnership with Amizade.

    One Happy Camper

    This BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for a $1,000 grant from One Happy Camper. The grant is available in select communities to teens participating in their first Jewish overnight summer experience. Learn more and see if you qualify for One Happy Camper.

     

  • We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

    DAY #1 - #11 | CLTC

    At CLTC, teens will have a meaningful summer, and it’ll also be fun! They’ll make strong friendships while enjoying free time (or chofesh), new hobbies, sports competitions, leading and celebrating Shabbat and so much more!

    DAY #12 | Sunday | Take Off!

    • Check-in & get comfortable
    • GWU campus tour
    • Welcome dinner
    • Program Orientation
    • Lodging at The George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

    DAY #13 | Monday | Street Sense

    • Martha’s Table Food Prep
    • Street Sense Workshop & Reflection: “Teaching Hope”
    • Evening: Explore Olde Town Alexandria & Potomac Boat Tour

    DAY #14 | Tuesday | History versus Gentrification

    • Martha’s Table Food Prep
    • Lunch at the Historic Ben’s Chili Bowl
    • Gentrification Walking Tour
    • Evening Activity: Group Dynamics: Ice Breakers, games, team builders

    DAY #15 | Wednesday | A Full Day of Service

    • “Building a house” with Yachad
    • The importance of a home from the Jewish perspective
    • Evening Activity: DC Ghost Tour: Ghosts of Lafayette Park

    DAY #16 | Thursday | Jewish Identity

    • Visit Hillel International & BBYO International Offices: Jewish Service on college campus/ BBYO StandUp
    • National Coalition for the Homeless Speakers
    • How to explain this program back home
    • Evening Activity: Picnic & Outdoor movie at Capitol Riverfront

    DAY #17 | Friday | Preparation

    • Serve Breakfast at DC Central Kitchen
    • Prepare for Shabbat
    • Attend services & dinner at the Historic 6th & I Synagogue

    DAY #18 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

    • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
    • Enjoying the National Mall, Monuments, & Smithsonian Museums
    • Havdallah at Georgetown Waterfront
    • Evening Activity: Explore Georgetown

    DAY #19 | Sunday | Day to Remember

    • “Outreach Run”- Distributing food & supplies to local homeless in Franklin Park
    • Holocaust Survivor Presentation & Museum
    • Personal Reflection
    • Evening Activity: Explore DuPont Circle

    DAY #20 | Monday | BBYO goes to Washington

    • Shelter Upkeep & Lunch  Service at DC Central Union Mission
    • Eating with Mission: Pret a Manger at Union Station
    • Tour of the US Capitol & Chamber of  the House of Representatives & US Senate
    • Grocery Store Mission: “Buying on a Budget”
    • Dinner at the Tidal Basin
    • Evening Activity: Paddle Boating around the Jefferson Memorial

    DAY #21 | Tuesday | Coming to a Close

    • Breakfast Service at Thrive DC
    • Trip to the National Zoo
    • End of the journey family dinner & reflection
    • Evening Activity: Explore Downtown Bethesda, Maryland

    DAY #22 | Wednesday | Shalom and L’Hitraot!

    • Depart from Washington Regan National Airport

     

  • You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

    How will my teen travel to the program?
    Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring.

    Where will my teen be sleeping?
    We typically stay in local university dormitories. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodation.

    How’s the program staffed?
    Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team.

    What's the summer weather like?
    On a typical summer day, temperatures reach between the 80s and 90s and in the evening can drop to the 60s to 70s. Rain is common in the summer, so plan accordingly.

    How do you approach security?
    The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

    What's the typical group size?
    Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 20 teens.

    What's the food like?
    Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds.

    For more information, check out our general FAQs.

  • This program is a connected experience, and no additional connections are available.

Spend a transformative twelve days developing and strengthening leadership skills that will shape the future of your local chapter at CLTC!

Then continue on for Stand UP DC to discover a new face of America’s capital – learning about issues of poverty and homelessness. Our volunteering includes street outreach as well as preparing and delivering meals. We’ll also meet with leaders of Jewish and secular organizations who are committed to making a difference. Along the way, there will be plenty of time to explore and enjoy all that a Washington, DC summer has to offer.

NOTE: To choose this connected experience, you must register separately for Stand UP DC and CLTC.

 

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

Part #1 | CLTC

At CLTC, teens will have a meaningful summer, and it’ll also be fun! They’ll make strong friendships while enjoying free time (or chofesh), new hobbies, sports competitions, leading and celebrating Shabbat and so much more!

Part #2 | Service & Learning

Land in Washington, DC and get oriented at our college campus base. The first week of our experience is designed to expose teens to the causes of and responses to hunger and homelessness issues in our nation’s capitol. In addressing these issues through a lens of universal Jewish values, participants will learn the impact that one person can have on a community.

Part #3 | Policy and Change

Our second week includes a focus on the organizations and policy ideas at the forefront of hunger homelessness advocacy. Get inspired by the Jewish and secular leaders who are leading these efforts and learn how policy ideas can translate into real change. In addition to our hard work and learning, there will be plenty of time to explore the highlights of Washington and enjoy the best of a summer in America's capital city.

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

 

Volunteer alongside leading non-profits making a difference in the fight against hunger and homelessness
Meet with leading Jewish and secular organizations advancing public policy ideas to make a difference
Visit the BBYO and Hillel International headquarters in the heart of Washington, DC
Learn about Jewish life in Washington, DC, and celebrate Shabbat with a local community
Rediscover all the highlights and off-the-beaten path attractions of Washington, DC
Experience a taste of college life staying on a major DC college campus

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines CLTC + Stand UP DC. At the end of CLTC you will have the option to utilize a supervised shuttle or non-supervised flight (depending on the numbers) that will bring you to our accommodations at the George Washington University dorms in Washington, DC for the start of Stand UP (extra fee applies).

CLTC #2 connects with Stand UP DC #1
CLTC #4 connects with Stand UP DC#2

Our Community Partners

So Others Might Eat (SOME)

SOME is a recipient of the 2007 National Capital Business Ethics Award, and exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. SOME meets the immediate daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing, and health care. SOME helps break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time. While providing a wide range of direct services, SOME also advocates for public policy and program changes that will better serve the needs of DC’s homeless and other low-income residents. As a Stand UP participant at SOME, you will participate in direct service by working alongside SOME staff and volunteers to help prepare and serve meals in the dining hall to SOME’s clients. You will also have the opportunity to attend a workshop on homelessness and social justice, take a tour of SOME’s facilities and learn about all of SOME’s services and programs.

We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as DC Central KitchenMartha’s Table, National Coalition for the Homeless, Thrive DC, Central Union Mission, ONE DC and Street Sense.

BBYO Passport's Stand UP Washington, DC is organized in partnership with Amizade.

One Happy Camper

This BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for a $1,000 grant from One Happy Camper. The grant is available in select communities to teens participating in their first Jewish overnight summer experience. Learn more and see if you qualify for One Happy Camper.

 

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 - #11 | CLTC

At CLTC, teens will have a meaningful summer, and it’ll also be fun! They’ll make strong friendships while enjoying free time (or chofesh), new hobbies, sports competitions, leading and celebrating Shabbat and so much more!

DAY #12 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Check-in & get comfortable
  • GWU campus tour
  • Welcome dinner
  • Program Orientation
  • Lodging at The George Washington University Thurston Freshmen Dorms

DAY #13 | Monday | Street Sense

  • Martha’s Table Food Prep
  • Street Sense Workshop & Reflection: “Teaching Hope”
  • Evening: Explore Olde Town Alexandria & Potomac Boat Tour

DAY #14 | Tuesday | History versus Gentrification

  • Martha’s Table Food Prep
  • Lunch at the Historic Ben’s Chili Bowl
  • Gentrification Walking Tour
  • Evening Activity: Group Dynamics: Ice Breakers, games, team builders

DAY #15 | Wednesday | A Full Day of Service

  • “Building a house” with Yachad
  • The importance of a home from the Jewish perspective
  • Evening Activity: DC Ghost Tour: Ghosts of Lafayette Park

DAY #16 | Thursday | Jewish Identity

  • Visit Hillel International & BBYO International Offices: Jewish Service on college campus/ BBYO StandUp
  • National Coalition for the Homeless Speakers
  • How to explain this program back home
  • Evening Activity: Picnic & Outdoor movie at Capitol Riverfront

DAY #17 | Friday | Preparation

  • Serve Breakfast at DC Central Kitchen
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Attend services & dinner at the Historic 6th & I Synagogue

DAY #18 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Enjoying the National Mall, Monuments, & Smithsonian Museums
  • Havdallah at Georgetown Waterfront
  • Evening Activity: Explore Georgetown

DAY #19 | Sunday | Day to Remember

  • “Outreach Run”- Distributing food & supplies to local homeless in Franklin Park
  • Holocaust Survivor Presentation & Museum
  • Personal Reflection
  • Evening Activity: Explore DuPont Circle

DAY #20 | Monday | BBYO goes to Washington

  • Shelter Upkeep & Lunch  Service at DC Central Union Mission
  • Eating with Mission: Pret a Manger at Union Station
  • Tour of the US Capitol & Chamber of  the House of Representatives & US Senate
  • Grocery Store Mission: “Buying on a Budget”
  • Dinner at the Tidal Basin
  • Evening Activity: Paddle Boating around the Jefferson Memorial

DAY #21 | Tuesday | Coming to a Close

  • Breakfast Service at Thrive DC
  • Trip to the National Zoo
  • End of the journey family dinner & reflection
  • Evening Activity: Explore Downtown Bethesda, Maryland

DAY #22 | Wednesday | Shalom and L’Hitraot!

  • Depart from Washington Regan National Airport

 

You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We typically stay in local university dormitories. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodation.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team.

What's the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures reach between the 80s and 90s and in the evening can drop to the 60s to 70s. Rain is common in the summer, so plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What's the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 20 teens.

What's the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

This program is a connected experience, and no additional connections are available.