Post submitted by Samantha Master, former HRC Youth & Campus Engagement Manager

BBYO; HRC Headquarters


BBYO visited the HRC headquarters in Washington, D.C., to learn more about the work HRC does locally and nationally to ensure equality for LGBT Americans.  The students had a plethora of questions about the landscape of LGBT civil rights following the historic victories at the Supreme Court this year.

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) and Student Non-Discrimination Act (SNDA) were among the many federal legislative topics discussed with the students. It was to great talk with the youth about how to politically engage their local communities, and provide them with resources to do so.

"Our group of teens left the session motivated and excited about the mission of the Human Rights Campaign," said one participant. "The teens learned that equality spans more than just the issue of marriage and that the HRC is working diligently in communities across the country to combat employment discrimination as well as increase visibility of trans rights."

BBYO is the leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For almost 90 years, BBYO‘s leadership programs the Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA, high school fraternity) and the B'nai B’rith Girls (BBG, high school sorority) have been providing exceptional leadership programs and identity enrichment experiences, shaping the confidence and character of more than 400,000 alumni who are among the most prominent figures in business, politics, academia, the arts and Jewish communal life.  BBYO’s network of Jewish teens, alumni, parents, volunteers and philanthropists serves as the Jewish community’s most valuable platform for delivering to the post Bar/Bat Mitzvah audience fun, meaningful and affordable experiences.  With year-round activities in hundreds of local communities and inspiring world-wide travel experiences, BBYO’s broad program menu enables teens to explore areas of leadership, service, civic engagement, Israel education and Jewish values.

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