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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Stand UP Washington, DC

Stand UP in the capital of the United States to address issues of hunger and homelessness, and learn how we can advocate for and create change.

  • At a Glance

    12 Days | GRADES: 10th - 12th

    Community Service: ~40 Hours
    Location: Washington, DC

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability

    LAND COST: $2,950


  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • College dormitory accommodations
    • Local transportation (primarily the Metro)
    • All meals 
    • All programming
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided
     

  • Learn More:

Stand UP for Hunger & Homelessness
The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, especially in agriculture! Yet, some five million children go to bed hungry each night.

This summer, we invite you 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/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.
 

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

Itinerary Snapshot

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

Week #1 | 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 #2 | 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.

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.

Our Community Partners

Amizade logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Washington, DC is organized in partnership with Amizade. Amizade collaborates with groups to design and manage safe and empowering global service-learning and volunteer programs. Amizade coordinates the facilitators and volunteer opportunities for the teens on Stand UP Washington, DC.

We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as, So Others Might Eat (SOME)DC Central KitchenMartha’s TableNational Coalition for the HomelessThrive DCCentral Union MissionONE DC and Street Sense.

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 | Take Off!

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

DAY #2 | Monday | Street Sense

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

DAY #3 | 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 #4 | 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 #5 | 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 #6 | Friday | Preparation

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

DAY #7 | 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 #8 | 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 #9 | 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
  • Afternoon Service Workshop
  • Dinner in DC

DAY #10 | Tuesday | BBYO goes to Washington

  • Half Day Service Workshop
  • Grocery Store Mission: “Buying on a Budget”
  • Dinner at the Tidal Basin
  • Evening Activity: Paddle Boating around the Jefferson Memorial

DAY #11 | Wednesday | 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 #12 | Thursday | 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.

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

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

  • *CLTC #2 + Stand UP Washington, DC #1
    24 Days | Current 10th – 11th Graders
  • *CLTC #4 + Stand UP Washington, DC #2
    24 Days | Current 10th – 11th Graders
  • *CLTC #6 + Stand UP Washington, DC #3
    24 Days | Current 10th – 11th 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.
  • At a Glance

    12 Days | 10th - 12th

    Community Service: ~40 Hours
    Location: Washington, DC

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability

    LAND COST: $2,950


  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • College dormitory accommodations
    • Local transportation (primarily the Metro)
    • All meals 
    • All programming
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided
     

  • Learn More:

Stand UP for Hunger & Homelessness
The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, especially in agriculture! Yet, some five million children go to bed hungry each night.

This summer, we invite you 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/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.
 

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

Itinerary Snapshot

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

Week #1 | 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 #2 | 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.

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.

Our Community Partners

Amizade logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Washington, DC is organized in partnership with Amizade. Amizade collaborates with groups to design and manage safe and empowering global service-learning and volunteer programs. Amizade coordinates the facilitators and volunteer opportunities for the teens on Stand UP Washington, DC.

We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as, So Others Might Eat (SOME)DC Central KitchenMartha’s TableNational Coalition for the HomelessThrive DCCentral Union MissionONE DC and Street Sense.

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 | Take Off!

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

DAY #2 | Monday | Street Sense

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

DAY #3 | 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 #4 | 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 #5 | 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 #6 | Friday | Preparation

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

DAY #7 | 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 #8 | 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 #9 | 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
  • Afternoon Service Workshop
  • Dinner in DC

DAY #10 | Tuesday | BBYO goes to Washington

  • Half Day Service Workshop
  • Grocery Store Mission: “Buying on a Budget”
  • Dinner at the Tidal Basin
  • Evening Activity: Paddle Boating around the Jefferson Memorial

DAY #11 | Wednesday | 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 #12 | Thursday | 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.

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

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

  • *CLTC #2 + Stand UP Washington, DC #1
    24 Days | Current 10th – 11th Graders
  • *CLTC #4 + Stand UP Washington, DC #2
    24 Days | Current 10th – 11th Graders
  • *CLTC #6 + Stand UP Washington, DC #3
    24 Days | Current 10th – 11th 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.

Stand UP Washington, DC

Stand UP in the capital of the United States to address issues of hunger and homelessness, and learn how we can advocate for and create change.

Stand UP Washington, DC

Stand UP in the capital of the United States to address issues of hunger and homelessness, and learn how we can advocate for and create change.

  • At a Glance

    12 Days | GRADES: 10th - 12th

    Community Service: ~40 Hours
    Location: Washington, DC

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability

    LAND COST: $2,950


  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • College dormitory accommodations
    • Local transportation (primarily the Metro)
    • All meals 
    • All programming
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided
     

  • Learn More:

Stand UP for Hunger & Homelessness
The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, especially in agriculture! Yet, some five million children go to bed hungry each night.

This summer, we invite you 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/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.
 

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

Itinerary Snapshot

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

Week #1 | 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 #2 | 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.

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.

Our Community Partners

Amizade logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Washington, DC is organized in partnership with Amizade. Amizade collaborates with groups to design and manage safe and empowering global service-learning and volunteer programs. Amizade coordinates the facilitators and volunteer opportunities for the teens on Stand UP Washington, DC.

We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as, So Others Might Eat (SOME)DC Central KitchenMartha’s TableNational Coalition for the HomelessThrive DCCentral Union MissionONE DC and Street Sense.

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 | Take Off!

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

DAY #2 | Monday | Street Sense

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

DAY #3 | 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 #4 | 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 #5 | 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 #6 | Friday | Preparation

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

DAY #7 | 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 #8 | 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 #9 | 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
  • Afternoon Service Workshop
  • Dinner in DC

DAY #10 | Tuesday | BBYO goes to Washington

  • Half Day Service Workshop
  • Grocery Store Mission: “Buying on a Budget”
  • Dinner at the Tidal Basin
  • Evening Activity: Paddle Boating around the Jefferson Memorial

DAY #11 | Wednesday | 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 #12 | Thursday | 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.

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

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

  • *CLTC #2 + Stand UP Washington, DC #1
    24 Days | Current 10th – 11th Graders
  • *CLTC #4 + Stand UP Washington, DC #2
    24 Days | Current 10th – 11th Graders
  • *CLTC #6 + Stand UP Washington, DC #3
    24 Days | Current 10th – 11th 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.
  • At a Glance

    12 Days | 10th - 12th

    Community Service: ~40 Hours
    Location: Washington, DC

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability

    LAND COST: $2,950


  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • College dormitory accommodations
    • Local transportation (primarily the Metro)
    • All meals 
    • All programming
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided
     

  • Learn More:

Stand UP for Hunger & Homelessness
The United States is one of the wealthiest nations in the world, especially in agriculture! Yet, some five million children go to bed hungry each night.

This summer, we invite you 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/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.
 

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

Itinerary Snapshot

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

Week #1 | 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 #2 | 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.

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.

Our Community Partners

Amizade logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Washington, DC is organized in partnership with Amizade. Amizade collaborates with groups to design and manage safe and empowering global service-learning and volunteer programs. Amizade coordinates the facilitators and volunteer opportunities for the teens on Stand UP Washington, DC.

We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as, So Others Might Eat (SOME)DC Central KitchenMartha’s TableNational Coalition for the HomelessThrive DCCentral Union MissionONE DC and Street Sense.

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 | Take Off!

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

DAY #2 | Monday | Street Sense

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

DAY #3 | 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 #4 | 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 #5 | 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 #6 | Friday | Preparation

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

DAY #7 | 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 #8 | 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 #9 | 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
  • Afternoon Service Workshop
  • Dinner in DC

DAY #10 | Tuesday | BBYO goes to Washington

  • Half Day Service Workshop
  • Grocery Store Mission: “Buying on a Budget”
  • Dinner at the Tidal Basin
  • Evening Activity: Paddle Boating around the Jefferson Memorial

DAY #11 | Wednesday | 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 #12 | Thursday | 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.

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

Independent Connections

Families make their own travel arrangements between programs, and staff supervision is not provided during the connection. Learn more about how connections work here. 

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*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.