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SUMMER EXPERIENCES

STAND UP WASHINGTON D.C.

Dedicate yourself to addressing issues of homelessness and hunger in the capital of the United States. Learn to advocate and create change to make an impact on the local community.

  • At a Glance

    10 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service:~40 Hours

    Location: Washington, D.C.

  • Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability

    Land Cost: $2,490

  • Included:

    • Accomodations (college dormitories)
    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Local transportation (primarily the Metro)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Hunger + Homelessness

The United States is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, especially in agriculture. Yet, around five million children go hungry each night.

This summer, we invite you to discover a new face of America’s capital – learning about issues of poverty and homelessness. Volunteering includes street outreach as well as preparing/delivering meals. You’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, D.C. 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, D.C.

Learn about Jewish life in Washington, D.C., and celebrate Shabbat with a local community

Rediscover all the highlights and off-the-beaten-path attractions of Washington, D.C.

Experience a taste of college life staying on a major D.C. college campus

Our Community Partners

Amizade logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Washington, D.C. 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, D.C.

We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as, So Others Might Eat (SOME)D.C. Central KitchenMartha’s TableNational Coalition for the HomelessThrive D.C.Central Union Mission, and ONE D.C..

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

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Check-in & get comfortable
  • Get the feel of an urban university campus as beautiful at The George Washington University
  • Welcome dinner at Bertucci’s a local “DMV” (District, Maryland, Virginia) staple
  • Program Orientation

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #2 | Monday | Everyone has a Story

  • Look at the city around you- walk from the dorm through the city to gather observations
  • Lunch at Pret a Manger, a fast eatery that donates all leftover food to homeless shelters house in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station in the heart of Capitol Hill
  • Discussion with the National Coalition for the Homeless Speakers Bureau
  • Explore the Chinatown neighborhood and the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery for dinner

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Words have Meaning

  • Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food for evening distribution and children’s camps
  • Tour American Indian Smithsonian – Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Teaching Hope Workshop at Street Sense, Washington D.C.’s street paper operated and distributed by local people experiencing homelessness
  • Put your teamwork to the test at 5 Wits, an adventure room

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #4 | Wednesday | A Full Day of Service

  • Breakfast & Lunch Service at So Others May Eat (SOME)
  • How to advocate on issues that matter to you at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #5 | Thursday | Helping & Learning from a Jewish Perspective

  • D.C. Central Kitchen food preparation at the largest food distributor in the city, only blocks away from the U.S. Capitol
  • Lunch at Brooklyn Sandwich Company, a Jewish Food Truck
  • Looking at the issue from a Jewish Perspective with the Religious Action Center (RAC)
  • Embassy Walk around Sheridan Circle

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #6 | Friday | Preparation

  • Breakfast service at Food & Friends
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat Services in D.C. –  A Monumental Shabbat

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Enjoying the National Mall, Monuments, & Smithsonian Museums
  • Celebrate Havdalah and start of a new week at Georgetown’s Waterfront
  • Explore Georgetown

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #8 | Sunday | Day to Remember

  • Outreach Run – Distributing food & supplies to local people experiencing homelessness in Franklin Park, a local gathering point
  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery, experience the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, stop by the JFK eternal flame, and leave rocks on the tombs of Jewish war heroes
  • Take a break for personal Reflection
  • Explore Foggy Bottom

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #9 | Monday | Remember our Roots Today

  • We must bear witness – Holocaust Survivor Presentation & Museum Tour
  • Relating issues discussion – “What are the similarities between the Holocaust and current issues facing humans today?”
  • Kayaking on the Potomac

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Everything Counts

  • Switch for those who have not been to Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food for evening distribution and children’s camps
  • Switch for those who have not Toured American Indian Smithsonian – Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Service at the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest food pantry in the area providing food to a lot of the places we have been working throughout the week
  • Buying dinner on a budget simulation and picnic

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #11 | Wednesday | History versus Innovation

  • Visit the newest Smithsonian – the African American History Museum
  • Lunch at the D.C. historically famous Ben’s Chili Bowl at the original location as we learn about the neighborhood
  • Tour Shaw neighborhood to learn about gentrification – Is it a good thing or a bad thing for communities?

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

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?
The group stays 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 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 are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 12-16 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

Note: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Washington, D.C., you can expect to eat a variety of local cuisines such as Ben’s Chili Bowl, Brooklyn Sandwich Company (kosher food truck), Bertucci’s, and so much more.

What are the payment and cancellation terms?
All of these details are available here, Registration Terms.

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. Learn more about how connections work, and keep those summer memories going and going!

STAND UP WASHINGTON D.C. + CLTC

An unsupervised connection
22 Days | Current 9-10th Graders

Connection Dates
June 13 – July 4, 2021 | CLTC #2
June 27 – July 18, 2021 | CLTC #3
July 25 – August 15 | CLTC #5

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: $4,740
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

 

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 travelers and families.

 

  • At a Glance

    10 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service:~40 Hours


    Location: Washington, D.C.

  • Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability


    Land Cost: $2,490


  • Included:

    • Accomodations (college dormitories)
    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Local transportation (primarily the Metro)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Hunger + Homelessness

The United States is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, especially in agriculture. Yet, around five million children go hungry each night.

This summer, we invite you to discover a new face of America’s capital – learning about issues of poverty and homelessness. Volunteering includes street outreach as well as preparing/delivering meals. You’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, D.C. 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, D.C.

Learn about Jewish life in Washington, D.C., and celebrate Shabbat with a local community

Rediscover all the highlights and off-the-beaten-path attractions of Washington, D.C.

Experience a taste of college life staying on a major D.C. college campus

Our Community Partners

Amizade logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Washington, D.C. 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, D.C.

We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as, So Others Might Eat (SOME)D.C. Central KitchenMartha’s TableNational Coalition for the HomelessThrive D.C.Central Union Mission, and ONE D.C..

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

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Check-in & get comfortable
  • Get the feel of an urban university campus as beautiful at The George Washington University
  • Welcome dinner at Bertucci’s a local “DMV” (District, Maryland, Virginia) staple
  • Program Orientation

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #2 | Monday | Everyone has a Story

  • Look at the city around you- walk from the dorm through the city to gather observations
  • Lunch at Pret a Manger, a fast eatery that donates all leftover food to homeless shelters house in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station in the heart of Capitol Hill
  • Discussion with the National Coalition for the Homeless Speakers Bureau
  • Explore the Chinatown neighborhood and the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery for dinner

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Words have Meaning

  • Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food for evening distribution and children’s camps
  • Tour American Indian Smithsonian – Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Teaching Hope Workshop at Street Sense, Washington D.C.’s street paper operated and distributed by local people experiencing homelessness
  • Put your teamwork to the test at 5 Wits, an adventure room

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #4 | Wednesday | A Full Day of Service

  • Breakfast & Lunch Service at So Others May Eat (SOME)
  • How to advocate on issues that matter to you at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #5 | Thursday | Helping & Learning from a Jewish Perspective

  • D.C. Central Kitchen food preparation at the largest food distributor in the city, only blocks away from the U.S. Capitol
  • Lunch at Brooklyn Sandwich Company, a Jewish Food Truck
  • Looking at the issue from a Jewish Perspective with the Religious Action Center (RAC)
  • Embassy Walk around Sheridan Circle

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #6 | Friday | Preparation

  • Breakfast service at Food & Friends
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat Services in D.C. –  A Monumental Shabbat

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Enjoying the National Mall, Monuments, & Smithsonian Museums
  • Celebrate Havdalah and start of a new week at Georgetown’s Waterfront
  • Explore Georgetown

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #8 | Sunday | Day to Remember

  • Outreach Run – Distributing food & supplies to local people experiencing homelessness in Franklin Park, a local gathering point
  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery, experience the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, stop by the JFK eternal flame, and leave rocks on the tombs of Jewish war heroes
  • Take a break for personal Reflection
  • Explore Foggy Bottom

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #9 | Monday | Remember our Roots Today

  • We must bear witness – Holocaust Survivor Presentation & Museum Tour
  • Relating issues discussion – “What are the similarities between the Holocaust and current issues facing humans today?”
  • Kayaking on the Potomac

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Everything Counts

  • Switch for those who have not been to Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food for evening distribution and children’s camps
  • Switch for those who have not Toured American Indian Smithsonian – Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Service at the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest food pantry in the area providing food to a lot of the places we have been working throughout the week
  • Buying dinner on a budget simulation and picnic

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #11 | Wednesday | History versus Innovation

  • Visit the newest Smithsonian – the African American History Museum
  • Lunch at the D.C. historically famous Ben’s Chili Bowl at the original location as we learn about the neighborhood
  • Tour Shaw neighborhood to learn about gentrification – Is it a good thing or a bad thing for communities?

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

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?
The group stays 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 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 are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 12-16 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

Note: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Washington, D.C., you can expect to eat a variety of local cuisines such as Ben’s Chili Bowl, Brooklyn Sandwich Company (kosher food truck), Bertucci’s, and so much more.

What are the payment and cancellation terms?
All of these details are available here, Registration Terms.

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. Learn more about how connections work, and keep those summer memories going and going!

STAND UP WASHINGTON D.C. + CLTC

An unsupervised connection
22 Days | Current 9-10th Graders

Connection Dates
June 13 – July 4, 2021 | CLTC #2
June 27 – July 18, 2021 | CLTC #3
July 25 – August 15 | CLTC #5

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: $4,740
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

STAND UP WASHINGTON D.C.

Dedicate yourself to addressing issues of homelessness and hunger in the capital of the United States. Learn to advocate and create change to make an impact on the local community.

STAND UP WASHINGTON D.C.

Dedicate yourself to addressing issues of homelessness and hunger in the capital of the United States. Learn to advocate and create change to make an impact on the local community.

  • At a Glance

    10 Days | Current Grades: 9-12

    Community Service:~40 Hours

    Location: Washington, D.C.

  • Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability

    Land Cost: $2,490

  • Included:

    • Accomodations (college dormitories)
    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Local transportation (primarily the Metro)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

  • Explore More:

Stand UP for Hunger + Homelessness

The United States is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, especially in agriculture. Yet, around five million children go hungry each night.

This summer, we invite you to discover a new face of America’s capital – learning about issues of poverty and homelessness. Volunteering includes street outreach as well as preparing/delivering meals. You’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, D.C. 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, D.C.

Learn about Jewish life in Washington, D.C., and celebrate Shabbat with a local community

Rediscover all the highlights and off-the-beaten-path attractions of Washington, D.C.

Experience a taste of college life staying on a major D.C. college campus

Our Community Partners

Amizade logo

BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Washington, D.C. 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, D.C.

We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as, So Others Might Eat (SOME)D.C. Central KitchenMartha’s TableNational Coalition for the HomelessThrive D.C.Central Union Mission, and ONE D.C..

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

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Check-in & get comfortable
  • Get the feel of an urban university campus as beautiful at The George Washington University
  • Welcome dinner at Bertucci’s a local “DMV” (District, Maryland, Virginia) staple
  • Program Orientation

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #2 | Monday | Everyone has a Story

  • Look at the city around you- walk from the dorm through the city to gather observations
  • Lunch at Pret a Manger, a fast eatery that donates all leftover food to homeless shelters house in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station in the heart of Capitol Hill
  • Discussion with the National Coalition for the Homeless Speakers Bureau
  • Explore the Chinatown neighborhood and the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery for dinner

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Words have Meaning

  • Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food for evening distribution and children’s camps
  • Tour American Indian Smithsonian – Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Teaching Hope Workshop at Street Sense, Washington D.C.’s street paper operated and distributed by local people experiencing homelessness
  • Put your teamwork to the test at 5 Wits, an adventure room

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #4 | Wednesday | A Full Day of Service

  • Breakfast & Lunch Service at So Others May Eat (SOME)
  • How to advocate on issues that matter to you at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #5 | Thursday | Helping & Learning from a Jewish Perspective

  • D.C. Central Kitchen food preparation at the largest food distributor in the city, only blocks away from the U.S. Capitol
  • Lunch at Brooklyn Sandwich Company, a Jewish Food Truck
  • Looking at the issue from a Jewish Perspective with the Religious Action Center (RAC)
  • Embassy Walk around Sheridan Circle

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #6 | Friday | Preparation

  • Breakfast service at Food & Friends
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat Services in D.C. –  A Monumental Shabbat

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Enjoying the National Mall, Monuments, & Smithsonian Museums
  • Celebrate Havdalah and start of a new week at Georgetown’s Waterfront
  • Explore Georgetown

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #8 | Sunday | Day to Remember

  • Outreach Run – Distributing food & supplies to local people experiencing homelessness in Franklin Park, a local gathering point
  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery, experience the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, stop by the JFK eternal flame, and leave rocks on the tombs of Jewish war heroes
  • Take a break for personal Reflection
  • Explore Foggy Bottom

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #9 | Monday | Remember our Roots Today

  • We must bear witness – Holocaust Survivor Presentation & Museum Tour
  • Relating issues discussion – “What are the similarities between the Holocaust and current issues facing humans today?”
  • Kayaking on the Potomac

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Everything Counts

  • Switch for those who have not been to Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food for evening distribution and children’s camps
  • Switch for those who have not Toured American Indian Smithsonian – Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Service at the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest food pantry in the area providing food to a lot of the places we have been working throughout the week
  • Buying dinner on a budget simulation and picnic

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #11 | Wednesday | History versus Innovation

  • Visit the newest Smithsonian – the African American History Museum
  • Lunch at the D.C. historically famous Ben’s Chili Bowl at the original location as we learn about the neighborhood
  • Tour Shaw neighborhood to learn about gentrification – Is it a good thing or a bad thing for communities?

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

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?
The group stays 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 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 are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 12-16 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

Note: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Washington, D.C., you can expect to eat a variety of local cuisines such as Ben’s Chili Bowl, Brooklyn Sandwich Company (kosher food truck), Bertucci’s, and so much more.

What are the payment and cancellation terms?
All of these details are available here, Registration Terms.

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. Learn more about how connections work, and keep those summer memories going and going!

STAND UP WASHINGTON D.C. + CLTC

An unsupervised connection
22 Days | Current 9-10th Graders

Connection Dates
June 13 – July 4, 2021 | CLTC #2
June 27 – July 18, 2021 | CLTC #3
July 25 – August 15 | CLTC #5

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: $4,740
Flight Cost: TBA

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  • At a Glance

    10 Days | CURRENT GRADES: 9-12

    Community Service:~40 Hours


    Location: Washington, D.C.

  • Dates & Costs

    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability
    • Limited Availability


    Land Cost: $2,490


  • Included:

    • Accomodations (college dormitories)
    • Airport pick-up & drop-off
    • Local transportation (primarily the Metro)
    • All meals
    • All programming
    • Gratuity for program staff

    NOTE: Medical insurance is not provided

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Stand UP for Hunger + Homelessness

The United States is one of the world’s wealthiest nations, especially in agriculture. Yet, around five million children go hungry each night.

This summer, we invite you to discover a new face of America’s capital – learning about issues of poverty and homelessness. Volunteering includes street outreach as well as preparing/delivering meals. You’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, D.C. 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, D.C.

Learn about Jewish life in Washington, D.C., and celebrate Shabbat with a local community

Rediscover all the highlights and off-the-beaten-path attractions of Washington, D.C.

Experience a taste of college life staying on a major D.C. college campus

Our Community Partners

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BBYO Passport’s Stand UP Washington, D.C. 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, D.C.

We additionally partner with and learn from various other community organizations such as, So Others Might Eat (SOME)D.C. Central KitchenMartha’s TableNational Coalition for the HomelessThrive D.C.Central Union Mission, and ONE D.C..

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

DAY #1 | Sunday | Take Off!

  • Check-in & get comfortable
  • Get the feel of an urban university campus as beautiful at The George Washington University
  • Welcome dinner at Bertucci’s a local “DMV” (District, Maryland, Virginia) staple
  • Program Orientation

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #2 | Monday | Everyone has a Story

  • Look at the city around you- walk from the dorm through the city to gather observations
  • Lunch at Pret a Manger, a fast eatery that donates all leftover food to homeless shelters house in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station in the heart of Capitol Hill
  • Discussion with the National Coalition for the Homeless Speakers Bureau
  • Explore the Chinatown neighborhood and the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery for dinner

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #3 | Tuesday | Words have Meaning

  • Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food for evening distribution and children’s camps
  • Tour American Indian Smithsonian – Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Teaching Hope Workshop at Street Sense, Washington D.C.’s street paper operated and distributed by local people experiencing homelessness
  • Put your teamwork to the test at 5 Wits, an adventure room

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #4 | Wednesday | A Full Day of Service

  • Breakfast & Lunch Service at So Others May Eat (SOME)
  • How to advocate on issues that matter to you at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #5 | Thursday | Helping & Learning from a Jewish Perspective

  • D.C. Central Kitchen food preparation at the largest food distributor in the city, only blocks away from the U.S. Capitol
  • Lunch at Brooklyn Sandwich Company, a Jewish Food Truck
  • Looking at the issue from a Jewish Perspective with the Religious Action Center (RAC)
  • Embassy Walk around Sheridan Circle

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #6 | Friday | Preparation

  • Breakfast service at Food & Friends
  • Prepare for Shabbat
  • Shabbat Services in D.C. –  A Monumental Shabbat

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #7 | Saturday | Shabbat in the City

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Enjoying the National Mall, Monuments, & Smithsonian Museums
  • Celebrate Havdalah and start of a new week at Georgetown’s Waterfront
  • Explore Georgetown

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #8 | Sunday | Day to Remember

  • Outreach Run – Distributing food & supplies to local people experiencing homelessness in Franklin Park, a local gathering point
  • Visit Arlington National Cemetery, experience the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, stop by the JFK eternal flame, and leave rocks on the tombs of Jewish war heroes
  • Take a break for personal Reflection
  • Explore Foggy Bottom

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #9 | Monday | Remember our Roots Today

  • We must bear witness – Holocaust Survivor Presentation & Museum Tour
  • Relating issues discussion – “What are the similarities between the Holocaust and current issues facing humans today?”
  • Kayaking on the Potomac

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #10 | Tuesday | Everything Counts

  • Switch for those who have not been to Martha’s Table Food Prep for McKenna’s Table preparing food for evening distribution and children’s camps
  • Switch for those who have not Toured American Indian Smithsonian – Discuss how word choice changes your point of view on an issue
  • Service at the Capital Area Food Bank, the largest food pantry in the area providing food to a lot of the places we have been working throughout the week
  • Buying dinner on a budget simulation and picnic

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

DAY #11 | Wednesday | History versus Innovation

  • Visit the newest Smithsonian – the African American History Museum
  • Lunch at the D.C. historically famous Ben’s Chili Bowl at the original location as we learn about the neighborhood
  • Tour Shaw neighborhood to learn about gentrification – Is it a good thing or a bad thing for communities?

Overnight: Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C

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?
The group stays 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 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 are the typical group dynamics?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 12-16 teens. Some teens choose to sign up together with a friend or two, and most teens choose to come on their own. Either way, our participants will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of peers from various locations across North America which makes exploring a new place together even more exciting. On some programs, we might have multiple parties from the same area register together. In this case, we are unable to inform families when this occurs and though we are always willing to share the group dynamics of the current registrations, we typically have a good idea of the general group make up after our cancellation deadline.

Note: There will be a way for teens to communicate with each other before the program in late spring.

What’s the food like?
As a travel-based program, our meals take a variety of forms and may include hotel buffets, restaurants, specially catered meals and allowance funds for participants to purchase a meal on their own. Some meals that we provide outside of Israel may be certified kosher, but most meals are not. When a meal is served in a public buffet format (e.g. hotel breakfast), we will always ensure that there are vegetarian or pescatarian options available, but we will also not restrict teens from eating the food of their choice. Some meals may be provided via an allowance system whereby teens will be given cash to purchase the food of their choice. Such meals are typically arranged in an area where there are multiple restaurant options, and teens can choose the food of their liking. In situations where time is of the essence, staff may choose to facilitate meal orders on behalf of teens using their allowance funds, including non-kosher orders. When the group eats at non-kosher restaurants with a pre-ordered menu, the options will only consist of vegetarian or pescatarian dishes. Participants with special dietary needs (i.e. lactose intolerance, gluten-free, kosher, etc.) should review our dietary restrictions commitment document and contact us in advance to be sure we can accommodate your needs during the program. In Washington, D.C., you can expect to eat a variety of local cuisines such as Ben’s Chili Bowl, Brooklyn Sandwich Company (kosher food truck), Bertucci’s, and so much more.

What are the payment and cancellation terms?
All of these details are available here, Registration Terms.

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. Learn more about how connections work, and keep those summer memories going and going!

STAND UP WASHINGTON D.C. + CLTC

An unsupervised connection
22 Days | Current 9-10th Graders

Connection Dates
June 13 – July 4, 2021 | CLTC #2
June 27 – July 18, 2021 | CLTC #3
July 25 – August 15 | CLTC #5

Connected Program Cost
Land Costs: $4,740
Flight Cost: TBA

SIGN UP*

 

PROGRAM REVIEWS

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