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23-24 BATTY Board Application

Beth Ahabah’s Teens and Temple Youth, also known as BATTY, is Congregation Beth Ahabah’s Temple Youth Group (TYG). BATTY is designed to bring Jewish teens together with the goal of building a stronger local community of Jewish youth. During the past year, BATTY has hosted a Chanukah party and enjoyed ice skating, movie matinees, a lock-in, and other events.

To ensure that programs are teen-focused, engaging, and providing growth, we need teen leadership to drive BATTY decision making in the 2023-2024 year. We need YOU!

We invite you to apply for BATTY’s 2023-2024 Teen Leadership Board!

Deadline for submission is Friday, September 8th at 11:59pm. Selected candidates will be notified on Tuesday, September 12th.
ELIGIBILITY
To apply, each applicant must:
  • Be enrolled in grades 10, 11, or 12 in the Fall of 2023.
  • Have a membership or Family Membership with Congregation Beth Ahabah.
  • Read and agree to the BATTY Teen Board Promise expectations for the 2023-2024 year upon installation.
  • Submit the below application to programs@bethahabah.org by September 8th at 11:59pm.
HOW TO APPLY
  • Read each of the BATTY Board position descriptions and responsibilities listed at the end of this form. Determine which position(s) appeal to you, your skills, and your interests.
  • Submit the completed application by September 8th, 2023.
Questions about BATTY, the BATTY Board, or the BATTY Board Application?
Email programs@bethahabah.org.
Please indicate which BATTY Board position(s) you are applying for and would be willing to fill. Board position descriptions and responsibilities are described at the bottom of the form.
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BATTY BOARD POSITIONS
BATTY President
The President is the link that binds all parts and people of BATTY together - the teens, the board, the adults, the budget, the community, and more. The president delegates most responsibility. At the same time, the president is aware of all that is happening, and makes sure everything gets done. The key to being a good President is maintaining a balance between the delegation and supervision while keeping the future of BATTY in mind.

This position is for you if you:
Have some leadership experience • Tend to see the big picture of a project versus the details • Can energize and motivate a group • Like to start conversations with new people • Take detailed notes and stay organized • Are good at keeping people on task • Feel comfortable talking in front of a group • Are a strong collaborator • Wants to hear everyone’s opinion • Is comfortable making judgement calls • Has a vision for the future

The responsibilities and expectations of the BATTY President is to:
  • Set goals for the BATTY year.
  • Be aware of all BATTY affairs and program details to properly relay information.
  • Delegate work and responsibilities to Board Members, Temple Leadership, and BATTY members.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that work is done properly by other board members, event chairs, etc.
  • Serve as a representative of BATTY to the entire Temple and community.
  • Prepare an agenda for and leading monthly BATTY Board Meetings.
  • Take, disseminate, and maintain Board Meeting notes.
  • Promote regional NFTY events to BATTY and the greater Temple Community.
  • Drive a positive and collaborative BATTY culture, ensuring BATTY is open and accessible to all Beth Ahabah teens.
  • Attend monthly BATTY Teen Board meetings in person or virtually.
As the BATTY President, you are not alone! The Beth Ahabah leadership and Teen Advisor will support you to make sure that you feel prepared and empowered to do this job. We do not expect you to have every skill on the first day of youth group and want to help you grow as a leader to make BATTY and Beth Ahabah a better place for teens.
Programs and Communications Vice President
The role of the Programs and Communications Vice President is twofold – the Vice President both oversees BATTY programs and events in partnership with the Social Action Chair and the Religious and Cultural Chair, as well as coordinates communication and messaging to BATTY members and all Teens at Beth Ahabah. This includes writing and editing email messages, managing the social media presence, and designing flyers for events and initiatives. 

This position is for you if you:
Like planning events • Are creative and inspired • Feels very comfortable talking on the phone and sending emails • Likes to collaborate with others • Enjoys designing graphics, flyers, etc. • Loves posting, promoting, and being active on social media • Isn’t afraid to ask for help

The responsibilities/expectations of the Programs and Communications Vice President is to:
  • To oversee BATTY Programming, including:
    • Serve as a programming resource for all BATTY Board positions that are involved with programming
    • Prepare programs (when needed) for social events, weekend retreats, overnights, or other BATTY event
    • Create and maintain a template for program planning for BATTY use and standardization
    • Supervise and edit all programs to be executed at BATTY events
  • To manage BATTY communication and promotion, including:
    • Managing and promoting BATTY social media pages that engage teens
    • Create and send program invitations, communications, and advertisements to BATTY teens
  • Attend monthly BATTY Teen Board meetings in person or virtually.
As the BATTY Programs and Communications Chair, you are not alone! The Youth and Teen Advisor will support you to make sure that you feel prepared and empowered to do this job. We do not expect you to have every skill on the first day of youth group, and want to help you grow as a leader to make BATTY and Beth Ahabah a better place for teens.
Religious and Cultural Chair
The BATTY Religious and Cultural Chair is what makes BATTY more than just a social teen group. By bringing Jewish education, rituals, traditions, and cultural practices to meetings and events, the RCC helps define the Jewish experience for Beth Ahabah teens and helps bring them together through a shared community.

This position is for you if you:
Want to be a Jewish leader • Know or is willing to learn common prayers • Feel comfortable leading a group or discussion • Likes to do research • Are a strong teacher • Wants Jewish practice to be inclusive and accessible • Loves Jewish holidays • Follows through on commitments

The expectations and responsibilities of the Religious and Cultural Chair is to:
  • Promote and encourage Reform Jewish religious and cultural activities at BATTY.
  • To stimulate knowledge of Jewish culture, religion, Reform Judaism’s “Choice Through Knowledge,” history, and Israel.
  • To support members of BATTY who want to take an active role in religious and cultural activities, such as song leaders, dance leaders, Israel representatives, etc.
  • To be responsible for t’filot at events or holidays when needed.
  • To create or lead inspiring worship services (using Beth Ahabah the prayer books, NFTY supplements and resources etc).
  • To prepare and present benedictions, d’vrei Torah, invocations, and other spiritually uplifting statements at Teen Board Meetings.
  • Attend monthly BATTY Teen Board meetings in person or virtually.
As the BATTY Religious and Cultural Chair, you are not alone! The Youth and Teen Advisor will support you to make sure that you feel prepared and empowered to do this job. We do not expect you to have every skill on the first day of youth group, and want to help you grow as a leader to make BATTY and Beth Ahabah a better place for teens.
Social Action Chair
The role of the Social Action Chair is to engage BATTY Teens in Tikkun Olam – repairing the world, by educating teens on global and local issues, planning projects to help the community, and working with the BATTY Board to ensure that social action is a pillar of the BATTY Program. An important part of your role this year will be not only leading your own initiatives, but also empowering fellow BATTY teens to pursue social action. A good Social Action Chair balances fighting for justice outside of the Jewish Community while being there to support people within the youth group and temple.

This position is for you if you:
Are passionate about issues in your community and the world • Are creative • Feel comfortable talking on the phone and sending emails • Are a strong listener • Like to follow current events and know what’s going on • Are good at keeping people on task • Feel comfortable talking in front of a group

The responsibilities and expectations of the Social Action Chair is to:
  • Teach the five “A’s” of Social Action: Awareness, Assessment, Action, Alliance, and Advocacy throughout the year
  • Help participants be aware of the world and the community needs around them
  • Act as a liaison between BATTY and organizations in need
  • Pursue issues and causes relevant to you and your group
  • Enable all BATTY Teens to understand and question issues they deal with
  • Coordinate Social Action programs and events
  • Help others, and accept their help, in order to make Social Action programs and drives run smoothly
  • Before events, meet with all group leaders and make sure they understand their job
  • Attend monthly BATTY Teen Board meetings in person or virtually.
As the BATTY Social Action Chair, you are not alone! The Youth and Teen Advisor will support you to make sure that you feel prepared and empowered to do this job. We do not expect you to have every skill on the first day of youth group, and want to help you grow as a leader to make BATTY and Beth Ahabah a better place for teens.
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