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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Stand UP Chicago

Discover the world of social entrepreneurship and socially conscious business. Reach a deeper understanding of the impact you can make while enjoying a summer in Chicago with new friends.

Stand UP for Social Entrepreneurship

Travel to the Windy City to discover the power of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious businesses making an impact in the city and beyond. Gain new skills and perspectives through a mix of seminars, hands-on workshops and meetings with professionals in the field. Then put what you learn into practice volunteering with local organizations.

Along the way, you’ll connect with a group of passionate teens, get acquainted with campus life at Northwestern University, and experience the many simple joys of a summer in Chicago along the lakefront with new friends.

Elements of the Experience

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Stand UP Chicago challenges teens to reach a deeper understanding of the impact they can make as individuals. Through a series of seminars and hands-on workshops, teens will learn about social entrepreneurship, design-based thinking and the role of innovation to create change.

Socially Responsible Leadership

Teens will meet with and learn from representatives of start-ups, global non-profits, and local Jewish organizations who are engaged in innovative philanthropic efforts. Hear their stories and be inspired by their accomplishments.

Service in Action

The group will apply the values they learn through service projects focused on community, agriculture, adult literacy, senior care, and hunger.

Celebrating a Chicago Summer!

Chicago is often referred to as the best summer city in America, and on Stand UP Chicago, you’ll discover why. From our base in Evanston on the Lake Michigan waterfront we’ll discover Chicago’s beautiful architecture, vibrant beach life, and many cultural institutions and park. We’ll also make time to tour the campus of Northwestern University and meet with local Jewish professionals.

Program Highlights

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

Learn about social entrepreneurship from leaders in the field
Pick up the skills of an innovator as part of workshops organized by a local design-thinking firm and a Chicago-headquartered technology firm
Participate in service projects inspired by the lessons you have learned
Meet with companies practicing the values of socially conscientious business
Develop the skills to think through social challenges through the lens of innovation
Explore the best of a summer in Evanston and Chicago, including a tour of Northwestern University
Connect with Jewish organizations in Chicago engaged in community building
Spend a memorable Shabbat with one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish communities in America!

One Happy Camper

one happy camperThis BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for up to $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.

Our Community Partners

Community Connect Logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Chicago is organized in partnership with Community Connect. Community Connect coordinates the facilitators, volunteer opportunities and various tours around Chicago. They ensure top-notch presenters and experts who work with the participants to think of an idea of something they are passionate about and take them through the steps they would need to create a sustainable and socially conscious business.

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 | Sunday | Arrival in Chicago

  • Check-in to accommodations – orientation and ice breakers
  • Northwestern University Campus Tour
  • Welcome dinner followed by an evening education session
  • Lodging at The Margarita European Inn (Evanston)

DAY #2 | Monday | Starting Our Journey

  • Intro to leadership
  • Getting to Know Each Other with Movement Transforms
  • Focus: Economic Opportunity and Your Community
  • Visit the traditional Chicago Jewish neighborhood of West Rogers Park

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Team Work Makes the Dream Work

  • Visit Sketchpad: A Shared Workspace and Community for Innovative, Mission-driven Jewish Organizations and Entrepreneurs
  • Focus: Business Ideation and Opportunity

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Independence Day

  • Focus: Is Your Idea Your Opportunity?
  • Independence Day Activities- Highland Park Parade, Battle of the Bands, Evanston Fireworks

DAY #5 | Thursday | A Variety of Service Opportunities

  • Volunteer & Learn from Keshet providing services for individuals with disabilities
  • Volunteer at A Just Harvest a kitchen dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger

DAY #6 | Friday | Using the Materials Around You

  • Volunteer and Learn from The Talking Farm an urban farm
  • Tour The Garage a Northwestern Collective
  • JRC dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat on the Lake

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

  • Shabbat Morning Services and Reflection
  • Magic Show- Finding something you are passionate about and making it a career
  • Havdalah at Old Orchard

DAY #8 | Sunday | Putting Yourself Out There

  • Volunteer at New Life for Old Bags a repurposing organization
  • Focus: Marking Persona and Business Opportunity Elevator Pitch
  • Visit Lincoln Park
  • Attend Second City Chicago Comedy Show
  • Lodging: Hosteling International Chicago

DAY #9 | Monday | Finding Something You Love

  • Focus: Types of Business & Experiences
  • Volunteer service at TOV through Jewish United Fund of Metro Chicago
    Explore Navy Pier

DAY #10 | Tuesday | A Little Goes A Long Way

  • Visit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons- Organization that provides supplies for children experiencing poverty

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Wrapping up the Experience

  • Final Pitch Meetings
  • Explore Wrigleyville – a neighborhood on Chicago’s northside

DAY #12 | Thursday | Depart Chicago

  • Depart Chicago

 

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?
The group stays in 3-star hotels and a youth hostel. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space. The Evanston accommodation is outside of the city and provides a space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. 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, 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 16 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections 

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn about how connections work here.

  • *CLTC #3 (Beber) + Stand UP Chicago
    24 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

We know you'll love a BBYO Passport experience. But don't just take our word. Check out these real reviews from our past teen travelers.

Stand UP for Social Entrepreneurship

Travel to the Windy City to discover the power of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious businesses making an impact in the city and beyond. Gain new skills and perspectives through a mix of seminars, hands-on workshops and meetings with professionals in the field. Then put what you learn into practice volunteering with local organizations.

Along the way, you’ll connect with a group of passionate teens, get acquainted with campus life at Northwestern University, and experience the many simple joys of a summer in Chicago along the lakefront with new friends.

Elements of the Experience

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Stand UP Chicago challenges teens to reach a deeper understanding of the impact they can make as individuals. Through a series of seminars and hands-on workshops, teens will learn about social entrepreneurship, design-based thinking and the role of innovation to create change.

Socially Responsible Leadership

Teens will meet with and learn from representatives of start-ups, global non-profits, and local Jewish organizations who are engaged in innovative philanthropic efforts. Hear their stories and be inspired by their accomplishments.

Service in Action

The group will apply the values they learn through service projects focused on community, agriculture, adult literacy, senior care, and hunger.

Celebrating a Chicago Summer!

Chicago is often referred to as the best summer city in America, and on Stand UP Chicago, you’ll discover why. From our base in Evanston on the Lake Michigan waterfront we’ll discover Chicago’s beautiful architecture, vibrant beach life, and many cultural institutions and park. We’ll also make time to tour the campus of Northwestern University and meet with local Jewish professionals.

Program Highlights

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

Learn about social entrepreneurship from leaders in the field
Pick up the skills of an innovator as part of workshops organized by a local design-thinking firm and a Chicago-headquartered technology firm
Participate in service projects inspired by the lessons you have learned
Meet with companies practicing the values of socially conscientious business
Develop the skills to think through social challenges through the lens of innovation
Explore the best of a summer in Evanston and Chicago, including a tour of Northwestern University
Connect with Jewish organizations in Chicago engaged in community building
Spend a memorable Shabbat with one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish communities in America!

One Happy Camper

one happy camperThis BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for up to $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.

Our Community Partners

Community Connect Logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Chicago is organized in partnership with Community Connect. Community Connect coordinates the facilitators, volunteer opportunities and various tours around Chicago. They ensure top-notch presenters and experts who work with the participants to think of an idea of something they are passionate about and take them through the steps they would need to create a sustainable and socially conscious business.

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 | Sunday | Arrival in Chicago

  • Check-in to accommodations – orientation and ice breakers
  • Northwestern University Campus Tour
  • Welcome dinner followed by an evening education session
  • Lodging at The Margarita European Inn (Evanston)

DAY #2 | Monday | Starting Our Journey

  • Intro to leadership
  • Getting to Know Each Other with Movement Transforms
  • Focus: Economic Opportunity and Your Community
  • Visit the traditional Chicago Jewish neighborhood of West Rogers Park

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Team Work Makes the Dream Work

  • Visit Sketchpad: A Shared Workspace and Community for Innovative, Mission-driven Jewish Organizations and Entrepreneurs
  • Focus: Business Ideation and Opportunity

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Independence Day

  • Focus: Is Your Idea Your Opportunity?
  • Independence Day Activities- Highland Park Parade, Battle of the Bands, Evanston Fireworks

DAY #5 | Thursday | A Variety of Service Opportunities

  • Volunteer & Learn from Keshet providing services for individuals with disabilities
  • Volunteer at A Just Harvest a kitchen dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger

DAY #6 | Friday | Using the Materials Around You

  • Volunteer and Learn from The Talking Farm an urban farm
  • Tour The Garage a Northwestern Collective
  • JRC dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat on the Lake

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

  • Shabbat Morning Services and Reflection
  • Magic Show- Finding something you are passionate about and making it a career
  • Havdalah at Old Orchard

DAY #8 | Sunday | Putting Yourself Out There

  • Volunteer at New Life for Old Bags a repurposing organization
  • Focus: Marking Persona and Business Opportunity Elevator Pitch
  • Visit Lincoln Park
  • Attend Second City Chicago Comedy Show
  • Lodging: Hosteling International Chicago

DAY #9 | Monday | Finding Something You Love

  • Focus: Types of Business & Experiences
  • Volunteer service at TOV through Jewish United Fund of Metro Chicago
    Explore Navy Pier

DAY #10 | Tuesday | A Little Goes A Long Way

  • Visit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons- Organization that provides supplies for children experiencing poverty

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Wrapping up the Experience

  • Final Pitch Meetings
  • Explore Wrigleyville – a neighborhood on Chicago’s northside

DAY #12 | Thursday | Depart Chicago

  • Depart Chicago

 

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?
The group stays in 3-star hotels and a youth hostel. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space. The Evanston accommodation is outside of the city and provides a space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. 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, 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 16 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections 

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn about how connections work here.

  • *CLTC #3 (Beber) + Stand UP Chicago
    24 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

Stand UP Chicago

Discover the world of social entrepreneurship and socially conscious business. Reach a deeper understanding of the impact you can make while enjoying a summer in Chicago with new friends.

Stand UP Chicago

Discover the world of social entrepreneurship and socially conscious business. Reach a deeper understanding of the impact you can make while enjoying a summer in Chicago with new friends.

Stand UP for Social Entrepreneurship

Travel to the Windy City to discover the power of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious businesses making an impact in the city and beyond. Gain new skills and perspectives through a mix of seminars, hands-on workshops and meetings with professionals in the field. Then put what you learn into practice volunteering with local organizations.

Along the way, you’ll connect with a group of passionate teens, get acquainted with campus life at Northwestern University, and experience the many simple joys of a summer in Chicago along the lakefront with new friends.

Elements of the Experience

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Stand UP Chicago challenges teens to reach a deeper understanding of the impact they can make as individuals. Through a series of seminars and hands-on workshops, teens will learn about social entrepreneurship, design-based thinking and the role of innovation to create change.

Socially Responsible Leadership

Teens will meet with and learn from representatives of start-ups, global non-profits, and local Jewish organizations who are engaged in innovative philanthropic efforts. Hear their stories and be inspired by their accomplishments.

Service in Action

The group will apply the values they learn through service projects focused on community, agriculture, adult literacy, senior care, and hunger.

Celebrating a Chicago Summer!

Chicago is often referred to as the best summer city in America, and on Stand UP Chicago, you’ll discover why. From our base in Evanston on the Lake Michigan waterfront we’ll discover Chicago’s beautiful architecture, vibrant beach life, and many cultural institutions and park. We’ll also make time to tour the campus of Northwestern University and meet with local Jewish professionals.

Program Highlights

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

Learn about social entrepreneurship from leaders in the field
Pick up the skills of an innovator as part of workshops organized by a local design-thinking firm and a Chicago-headquartered technology firm
Participate in service projects inspired by the lessons you have learned
Meet with companies practicing the values of socially conscientious business
Develop the skills to think through social challenges through the lens of innovation
Explore the best of a summer in Evanston and Chicago, including a tour of Northwestern University
Connect with Jewish organizations in Chicago engaged in community building
Spend a memorable Shabbat with one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish communities in America!

One Happy Camper

one happy camperThis BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for up to $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.

Our Community Partners

Community Connect Logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Chicago is organized in partnership with Community Connect. Community Connect coordinates the facilitators, volunteer opportunities and various tours around Chicago. They ensure top-notch presenters and experts who work with the participants to think of an idea of something they are passionate about and take them through the steps they would need to create a sustainable and socially conscious business.

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 | Sunday | Arrival in Chicago

  • Check-in to accommodations – orientation and ice breakers
  • Northwestern University Campus Tour
  • Welcome dinner followed by an evening education session
  • Lodging at The Margarita European Inn (Evanston)

DAY #2 | Monday | Starting Our Journey

  • Intro to leadership
  • Getting to Know Each Other with Movement Transforms
  • Focus: Economic Opportunity and Your Community
  • Visit the traditional Chicago Jewish neighborhood of West Rogers Park

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Team Work Makes the Dream Work

  • Visit Sketchpad: A Shared Workspace and Community for Innovative, Mission-driven Jewish Organizations and Entrepreneurs
  • Focus: Business Ideation and Opportunity

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Independence Day

  • Focus: Is Your Idea Your Opportunity?
  • Independence Day Activities- Highland Park Parade, Battle of the Bands, Evanston Fireworks

DAY #5 | Thursday | A Variety of Service Opportunities

  • Volunteer & Learn from Keshet providing services for individuals with disabilities
  • Volunteer at A Just Harvest a kitchen dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger

DAY #6 | Friday | Using the Materials Around You

  • Volunteer and Learn from The Talking Farm an urban farm
  • Tour The Garage a Northwestern Collective
  • JRC dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat on the Lake

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

  • Shabbat Morning Services and Reflection
  • Magic Show- Finding something you are passionate about and making it a career
  • Havdalah at Old Orchard

DAY #8 | Sunday | Putting Yourself Out There

  • Volunteer at New Life for Old Bags a repurposing organization
  • Focus: Marking Persona and Business Opportunity Elevator Pitch
  • Visit Lincoln Park
  • Attend Second City Chicago Comedy Show
  • Lodging: Hosteling International Chicago

DAY #9 | Monday | Finding Something You Love

  • Focus: Types of Business & Experiences
  • Volunteer service at TOV through Jewish United Fund of Metro Chicago
    Explore Navy Pier

DAY #10 | Tuesday | A Little Goes A Long Way

  • Visit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons- Organization that provides supplies for children experiencing poverty

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Wrapping up the Experience

  • Final Pitch Meetings
  • Explore Wrigleyville – a neighborhood on Chicago’s northside

DAY #12 | Thursday | Depart Chicago

  • Depart Chicago

 

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?
The group stays in 3-star hotels and a youth hostel. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space. The Evanston accommodation is outside of the city and provides a space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. 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, 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 16 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections 

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn about how connections work here.

  • *CLTC #3 (Beber) + Stand UP Chicago
    24 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

We know you'll love a BBYO Passport experience. But don't just take our word. Check out these real reviews from our past teen travelers.

Stand UP for Social Entrepreneurship

Travel to the Windy City to discover the power of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious businesses making an impact in the city and beyond. Gain new skills and perspectives through a mix of seminars, hands-on workshops and meetings with professionals in the field. Then put what you learn into practice volunteering with local organizations.

Along the way, you’ll connect with a group of passionate teens, get acquainted with campus life at Northwestern University, and experience the many simple joys of a summer in Chicago along the lakefront with new friends.

Elements of the Experience

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Stand UP Chicago challenges teens to reach a deeper understanding of the impact they can make as individuals. Through a series of seminars and hands-on workshops, teens will learn about social entrepreneurship, design-based thinking and the role of innovation to create change.

Socially Responsible Leadership

Teens will meet with and learn from representatives of start-ups, global non-profits, and local Jewish organizations who are engaged in innovative philanthropic efforts. Hear their stories and be inspired by their accomplishments.

Service in Action

The group will apply the values they learn through service projects focused on community, agriculture, adult literacy, senior care, and hunger.

Celebrating a Chicago Summer!

Chicago is often referred to as the best summer city in America, and on Stand UP Chicago, you’ll discover why. From our base in Evanston on the Lake Michigan waterfront we’ll discover Chicago’s beautiful architecture, vibrant beach life, and many cultural institutions and park. We’ll also make time to tour the campus of Northwestern University and meet with local Jewish professionals.

Program Highlights

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

Learn about social entrepreneurship from leaders in the field
Pick up the skills of an innovator as part of workshops organized by a local design-thinking firm and a Chicago-headquartered technology firm
Participate in service projects inspired by the lessons you have learned
Meet with companies practicing the values of socially conscientious business
Develop the skills to think through social challenges through the lens of innovation
Explore the best of a summer in Evanston and Chicago, including a tour of Northwestern University
Connect with Jewish organizations in Chicago engaged in community building
Spend a memorable Shabbat with one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish communities in America!

One Happy Camper

one happy camperThis BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for up to $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.

Our Community Partners

Community Connect Logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Chicago is organized in partnership with Community Connect. Community Connect coordinates the facilitators, volunteer opportunities and various tours around Chicago. They ensure top-notch presenters and experts who work with the participants to think of an idea of something they are passionate about and take them through the steps they would need to create a sustainable and socially conscious business.

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 | Sunday | Arrival in Chicago

  • Check-in to accommodations – orientation and ice breakers
  • Northwestern University Campus Tour
  • Welcome dinner followed by an evening education session
  • Lodging at The Margarita European Inn (Evanston)

DAY #2 | Monday | Starting Our Journey

  • Intro to leadership
  • Getting to Know Each Other with Movement Transforms
  • Focus: Economic Opportunity and Your Community
  • Visit the traditional Chicago Jewish neighborhood of West Rogers Park

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Team Work Makes the Dream Work

  • Visit Sketchpad: A Shared Workspace and Community for Innovative, Mission-driven Jewish Organizations and Entrepreneurs
  • Focus: Business Ideation and Opportunity

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Independence Day

  • Focus: Is Your Idea Your Opportunity?
  • Independence Day Activities- Highland Park Parade, Battle of the Bands, Evanston Fireworks

DAY #5 | Thursday | A Variety of Service Opportunities

  • Volunteer & Learn from Keshet providing services for individuals with disabilities
  • Volunteer at A Just Harvest a kitchen dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger

DAY #6 | Friday | Using the Materials Around You

  • Volunteer and Learn from The Talking Farm an urban farm
  • Tour The Garage a Northwestern Collective
  • JRC dinner and Kabbalat Shabbat on the Lake

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

  • Shabbat Morning Services and Reflection
  • Magic Show- Finding something you are passionate about and making it a career
  • Havdalah at Old Orchard

DAY #8 | Sunday | Putting Yourself Out There

  • Volunteer at New Life for Old Bags a repurposing organization
  • Focus: Marking Persona and Business Opportunity Elevator Pitch
  • Visit Lincoln Park
  • Attend Second City Chicago Comedy Show
  • Lodging: Hosteling International Chicago

DAY #9 | Monday | Finding Something You Love

  • Focus: Types of Business & Experiences
  • Volunteer service at TOV through Jewish United Fund of Metro Chicago
    Explore Navy Pier

DAY #10 | Tuesday | A Little Goes A Long Way

  • Visit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons- Organization that provides supplies for children experiencing poverty

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Wrapping up the Experience

  • Final Pitch Meetings
  • Explore Wrigleyville – a neighborhood on Chicago’s northside

DAY #12 | Thursday | Depart Chicago

  • Depart Chicago

 

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?
The group stays in 3-star hotels and a youth hostel. When booking our accommodations, we request for each teen to have their own sleeping accommodations in a shared living space. The Evanston accommodation is outside of the city and provides a space for teens to relax and explore in a safe environment.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are sent out approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure as part of the pre-trip preparation email series. Staff are asked to make welcome calls to families before departure. 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, 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 16 teens.

What’s the food like?
Meals will be Pescatarian (from non-Kosher establishments). An occasional kosher meal may be available throughout the trip. Some meals will be provided according to the “Pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy food of their choosing with Pizur funds. Participants with special dietary situations (i.e. lactose intolerance, vegetarian, Kosher, etc.) should contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

BBYO makes it easy to combine two experiences for an extended summer of adventure, learning and self-discovery. 

Supervised Connections 

Connecting travel arrangements are available between programs, and staff supervision is provided during the connection. Learn about how connections work here.

  • *CLTC #3 (Beber) + Stand UP Chicago
    24 Days | Current 9th – 10th Graders

*Note: Families connecting a BBYO Passport experience with BBYO’s CLTC or ILTC can expect some differences between program policies and registration requirements. Registration for these connected experiences is done separately for each program. 

 

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