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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

Stand UP Chicago

Stand UP in Chicago while learning about entrepreneurship, business, and service while taking in all that this beautiful city has to offer.

  • At a Glance

    12 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~12 Hours

    Location: Chicago

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,950

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotel & hostel)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Local public transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Learn More:

Stand UP for Social Entrepreneurship
Travel to the Chicago to discover the power of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious businesses. 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 a taste of campus life, and experience the many joys of a summer in Chicago along the lakefront.

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!

Itinerary Snapshot

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

Part #1 | Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

Arrive in Chicago, and get settled into our base in Evanston, just north of the city and on the waterfront. The program begins with a focus on exploring what it means to be a leader and how to think like a social entrepreneur — including hands-on workshops designed to expand the way you approach challenges. And then you’ll have the opportunity to apply the values learned as part of a local service project. Our first week ends with a Shabbat in Evanston, including a tour of the Northwestern University campus and meetings with campus-based Jewish professionals.

Part #2 | Socially Responsible Business

Our second week in the heart of Chicago, includes a focus on meeting leaders in the field — including representatives from companies, local and global non-profits, and start-up organizations. The program culminates with a workshop where you’ll be challenged to combine all of the practical and theoretical lessons you have learned to create your very own social entrepreneurship venture.

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 | Foundational Knowledge

  • Intro to leadership
  • Intro to Chicago’s social entrepreneurship landscape
  • Lunch at Cheesie’s, try their grilled cheese
  • Intro to design-based thinking/workshop with Design for America
  • Dinner at Maggiano’s in Skokie, IL
  • Shopping at the famous Old Orchard outdoor mall and movie

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Fourth of July Celebration

  • Watch a White Sox – Yankees baseball game at Wrigley Field
  • Local bands compete in a Battle of the Bands in an open picnic style Dinner celebration
  • Fireworks in Highland Park, IL

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Learning in Evanston/Chicago

  • Intro to Social Entrepreneurship with Megan Kashner from the Kellogg School of Management
  • B Corp + Social responsibility in philanthropy at See3
  • Enjoy an evening on Navy Pier and dinner with amazing skyline views and cruise the Chicago River

DAY #5 | Thursday | Learning in Evanston/Chicago

  • Social Entrepreneurship with Steve Hagerty of Hagerty Consulting
  • Intro to service learning/asset-based community development
  • Social Justice and Judaism: Sarah Gold of Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
  • Jewish Family Foundations + Service Learning: Jare Akchin from the Circle of Service Foundation
  • Explore the Taste of Chicago festival with your taste buds…and actual buddies and spend time on the Lake Michigan beachfront

DAY #6 | Friday | Day of Service

  • Service project with Talking Farm
  • Shabbat services and dinner at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Torah study at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, IL
  • Relax with Yoga on the beautiful Lake Michigan beach
  • Enjoy a lively Cavern Beat concert followed by a picnic dinner

DAY #8 | Sunday | Day of Service

  • Volunteer for the YMCA Youth Triathlon
  • Tour of DePaul University campus
  • Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Dinner at Milts BBQ for the Perplexed
  • Evening: comedy show in downtown Chicago

DAY #9 | Monday | Learning in Chicago

  • Intro to Corporate and Venture Philanthropy
  • Chicago Innovation: Linda Loving of Top Box Foods
  • Corporate Philanthropy: McDonald’s
  • Microfinance in Action: Video chat with Human Connections
  • Dinner in downtown Chicago

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Learning in Chicago

  • Socially Responsible Business: Panel, Workshop, and tour at Groupon
  • Socially Responsible Business + Civic Innovation Workshop: Microsoft
  • Free time on the Magnificent Mile – experience some of the best shopping in Chicago
  • Visit Millennium Park and Grant Park: be sure to get a picture at the Bean!
  • Dinner at Foodlife in Downtown Chicago

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Start-Up Incubator

  • Create your own Social Entrepreneurship Venture
  • Reflect on your summer experience with a closing session and dinner

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 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. 

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. 

  • At a Glance

    12 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: ~12 Hours
    Location: Chicago

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,950


  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotel & hostel)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Local public transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Learn More:

Stand UP for Social Entrepreneurship
Travel to the Chicago to discover the power of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious businesses. 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 a taste of campus life, and experience the many joys of a summer in Chicago along the lakefront.

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!

Itinerary Snapshot

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

Part #1 | Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

Arrive in Chicago, and get settled into our base in Evanston, just north of the city and on the waterfront. The program begins with a focus on exploring what it means to be a leader and how to think like a social entrepreneur — including hands-on workshops designed to expand the way you approach challenges. And then you’ll have the opportunity to apply the values learned as part of a local service project. Our first week ends with a Shabbat in Evanston, including a tour of the Northwestern University campus and meetings with campus-based Jewish professionals.

Part #2 | Socially Responsible Business

Our second week in the heart of Chicago, includes a focus on meeting leaders in the field — including representatives from companies, local and global non-profits, and start-up organizations. The program culminates with a workshop where you’ll be challenged to combine all of the practical and theoretical lessons you have learned to create your very own social entrepreneurship venture.

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 | Foundational Knowledge

  • Intro to leadership
  • Intro to Chicago’s social entrepreneurship landscape
  • Lunch at Cheesie’s, try their grilled cheese
  • Intro to design-based thinking/workshop with Design for America
  • Dinner at Maggiano’s in Skokie, IL
  • Shopping at the famous Old Orchard outdoor mall and movie

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Fourth of July Celebration

  • Watch a White Sox – Yankees baseball game at Wrigley Field
  • Local bands compete in a Battle of the Bands in an open picnic style Dinner celebration
  • Fireworks in Highland Park, IL

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Learning in Evanston/Chicago

  • Intro to Social Entrepreneurship with Megan Kashner from the Kellogg School of Management
  • B Corp + Social responsibility in philanthropy at See3
  • Enjoy an evening on Navy Pier and dinner with amazing skyline views and cruise the Chicago River

DAY #5 | Thursday | Learning in Evanston/Chicago

  • Social Entrepreneurship with Steve Hagerty of Hagerty Consulting
  • Intro to service learning/asset-based community development
  • Social Justice and Judaism: Sarah Gold of Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
  • Jewish Family Foundations + Service Learning: Jare Akchin from the Circle of Service Foundation
  • Explore the Taste of Chicago festival with your taste buds…and actual buddies and spend time on the Lake Michigan beachfront

DAY #6 | Friday | Day of Service

  • Service project with Talking Farm
  • Shabbat services and dinner at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Torah study at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, IL
  • Relax with Yoga on the beautiful Lake Michigan beach
  • Enjoy a lively Cavern Beat concert followed by a picnic dinner

DAY #8 | Sunday | Day of Service

  • Volunteer for the YMCA Youth Triathlon
  • Tour of DePaul University campus
  • Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Dinner at Milts BBQ for the Perplexed
  • Evening: comedy show in downtown Chicago

DAY #9 | Monday | Learning in Chicago

  • Intro to Corporate and Venture Philanthropy
  • Chicago Innovation: Linda Loving of Top Box Foods
  • Corporate Philanthropy: McDonald’s
  • Microfinance in Action: Video chat with Human Connections
  • Dinner in downtown Chicago

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Learning in Chicago

  • Socially Responsible Business: Panel, Workshop, and tour at Groupon
  • Socially Responsible Business + Civic Innovation Workshop: Microsoft
  • Free time on the Magnificent Mile – experience some of the best shopping in Chicago
  • Visit Millennium Park and Grant Park: be sure to get a picture at the Bean!
  • Dinner at Foodlife in Downtown Chicago

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Start-Up Incubator

  • Create your own Social Entrepreneurship Venture
  • Reflect on your summer experience with a closing session and dinner

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 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. 

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

Stand UP in Chicago while learning about entrepreneurship, business, and service while taking in all that this beautiful city has to offer.

Stand UP Chicago

Stand UP in Chicago while learning about entrepreneurship, business, and service while taking in all that this beautiful city has to offer.

  • At a Glance

    12 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service: ~12 Hours

    Location: Chicago

  • Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,950

  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotel & hostel)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Local public transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Learn More:

Stand UP for Social Entrepreneurship
Travel to the Chicago to discover the power of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious businesses. 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 a taste of campus life, and experience the many joys of a summer in Chicago along the lakefront.

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!

Itinerary Snapshot

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

Part #1 | Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

Arrive in Chicago, and get settled into our base in Evanston, just north of the city and on the waterfront. The program begins with a focus on exploring what it means to be a leader and how to think like a social entrepreneur — including hands-on workshops designed to expand the way you approach challenges. And then you’ll have the opportunity to apply the values learned as part of a local service project. Our first week ends with a Shabbat in Evanston, including a tour of the Northwestern University campus and meetings with campus-based Jewish professionals.

Part #2 | Socially Responsible Business

Our second week in the heart of Chicago, includes a focus on meeting leaders in the field — including representatives from companies, local and global non-profits, and start-up organizations. The program culminates with a workshop where you’ll be challenged to combine all of the practical and theoretical lessons you have learned to create your very own social entrepreneurship venture.

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 | Foundational Knowledge

  • Intro to leadership
  • Intro to Chicago’s social entrepreneurship landscape
  • Lunch at Cheesie’s, try their grilled cheese
  • Intro to design-based thinking/workshop with Design for America
  • Dinner at Maggiano’s in Skokie, IL
  • Shopping at the famous Old Orchard outdoor mall and movie

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Fourth of July Celebration

  • Watch a White Sox – Yankees baseball game at Wrigley Field
  • Local bands compete in a Battle of the Bands in an open picnic style Dinner celebration
  • Fireworks in Highland Park, IL

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Learning in Evanston/Chicago

  • Intro to Social Entrepreneurship with Megan Kashner from the Kellogg School of Management
  • B Corp + Social responsibility in philanthropy at See3
  • Enjoy an evening on Navy Pier and dinner with amazing skyline views and cruise the Chicago River

DAY #5 | Thursday | Learning in Evanston/Chicago

  • Social Entrepreneurship with Steve Hagerty of Hagerty Consulting
  • Intro to service learning/asset-based community development
  • Social Justice and Judaism: Sarah Gold of Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
  • Jewish Family Foundations + Service Learning: Jare Akchin from the Circle of Service Foundation
  • Explore the Taste of Chicago festival with your taste buds…and actual buddies and spend time on the Lake Michigan beachfront

DAY #6 | Friday | Day of Service

  • Service project with Talking Farm
  • Shabbat services and dinner at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Torah study at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, IL
  • Relax with Yoga on the beautiful Lake Michigan beach
  • Enjoy a lively Cavern Beat concert followed by a picnic dinner

DAY #8 | Sunday | Day of Service

  • Volunteer for the YMCA Youth Triathlon
  • Tour of DePaul University campus
  • Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Dinner at Milts BBQ for the Perplexed
  • Evening: comedy show in downtown Chicago

DAY #9 | Monday | Learning in Chicago

  • Intro to Corporate and Venture Philanthropy
  • Chicago Innovation: Linda Loving of Top Box Foods
  • Corporate Philanthropy: McDonald’s
  • Microfinance in Action: Video chat with Human Connections
  • Dinner in downtown Chicago

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Learning in Chicago

  • Socially Responsible Business: Panel, Workshop, and tour at Groupon
  • Socially Responsible Business + Civic Innovation Workshop: Microsoft
  • Free time on the Magnificent Mile – experience some of the best shopping in Chicago
  • Visit Millennium Park and Grant Park: be sure to get a picture at the Bean!
  • Dinner at Foodlife in Downtown Chicago

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Start-Up Incubator

  • Create your own Social Entrepreneurship Venture
  • Reflect on your summer experience with a closing session and dinner

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 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. 

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. 

  • At a Glance

    12 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service: ~12 Hours
    Location: Chicago

  • 2018 Dates & Costs

    • Available

    Land Cost: $2,950


  • Included:

    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Accommodations (hotel & hostel)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Local public transportation
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Learn More:

Stand UP for Social Entrepreneurship
Travel to the Chicago to discover the power of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious businesses. 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 a taste of campus life, and experience the many joys of a summer in Chicago along the lakefront.

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!

Itinerary Snapshot

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

Part #1 | Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

Arrive in Chicago, and get settled into our base in Evanston, just north of the city and on the waterfront. The program begins with a focus on exploring what it means to be a leader and how to think like a social entrepreneur — including hands-on workshops designed to expand the way you approach challenges. And then you’ll have the opportunity to apply the values learned as part of a local service project. Our first week ends with a Shabbat in Evanston, including a tour of the Northwestern University campus and meetings with campus-based Jewish professionals.

Part #2 | Socially Responsible Business

Our second week in the heart of Chicago, includes a focus on meeting leaders in the field — including representatives from companies, local and global non-profits, and start-up organizations. The program culminates with a workshop where you’ll be challenged to combine all of the practical and theoretical lessons you have learned to create your very own social entrepreneurship venture.

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

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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 | Foundational Knowledge

  • Intro to leadership
  • Intro to Chicago’s social entrepreneurship landscape
  • Lunch at Cheesie’s, try their grilled cheese
  • Intro to design-based thinking/workshop with Design for America
  • Dinner at Maggiano’s in Skokie, IL
  • Shopping at the famous Old Orchard outdoor mall and movie

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Fourth of July Celebration

  • Watch a White Sox – Yankees baseball game at Wrigley Field
  • Local bands compete in a Battle of the Bands in an open picnic style Dinner celebration
  • Fireworks in Highland Park, IL

DAY #4 | Wednesday | Learning in Evanston/Chicago

  • Intro to Social Entrepreneurship with Megan Kashner from the Kellogg School of Management
  • B Corp + Social responsibility in philanthropy at See3
  • Enjoy an evening on Navy Pier and dinner with amazing skyline views and cruise the Chicago River

DAY #5 | Thursday | Learning in Evanston/Chicago

  • Social Entrepreneurship with Steve Hagerty of Hagerty Consulting
  • Intro to service learning/asset-based community development
  • Social Justice and Judaism: Sarah Gold of Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
  • Jewish Family Foundations + Service Learning: Jare Akchin from the Circle of Service Foundation
  • Explore the Taste of Chicago festival with your taste buds…and actual buddies and spend time on the Lake Michigan beachfront

DAY #6 | Friday | Day of Service

  • Service project with Talking Farm
  • Shabbat services and dinner at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Torah study at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, IL
  • Relax with Yoga on the beautiful Lake Michigan beach
  • Enjoy a lively Cavern Beat concert followed by a picnic dinner

DAY #8 | Sunday | Day of Service

  • Volunteer for the YMCA Youth Triathlon
  • Tour of DePaul University campus
  • Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Dinner at Milts BBQ for the Perplexed
  • Evening: comedy show in downtown Chicago

DAY #9 | Monday | Learning in Chicago

  • Intro to Corporate and Venture Philanthropy
  • Chicago Innovation: Linda Loving of Top Box Foods
  • Corporate Philanthropy: McDonald’s
  • Microfinance in Action: Video chat with Human Connections
  • Dinner in downtown Chicago

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Learning in Chicago

  • Socially Responsible Business: Panel, Workshop, and tour at Groupon
  • Socially Responsible Business + Civic Innovation Workshop: Microsoft
  • Free time on the Magnificent Mile – experience some of the best shopping in Chicago
  • Visit Millennium Park and Grant Park: be sure to get a picture at the Bean!
  • Dinner at Foodlife in Downtown Chicago

DAY #11 | Wednesday | Start-Up Incubator

  • Create your own Social Entrepreneurship Venture
  • Reflect on your summer experience with a closing session and dinner

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 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. 

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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