Lost Tribe, a nonprofit that connects Jewish teens through gaming and new media, will launch a program that will send teens to Israel to appeal to their interest in gaming culture and content creation.
The Lost Tribe’s Israel Journey: Tech & Gaming a program is a partnership between the esports organization and BBYO, a major Jewish travel provider. The program is designed for teens interested in video games, digital media and content creation to connect to peers, their Jewish identity and to Israel.
The July 2022 trip will be eligible for 9th, 10th and 11th graders, who will be eligible for a $3,000 travel voucher through RootOne, a new initiative that helps connect Jewish teens to Israel by lowering the financial barrier to participation in immersive summer trips.
Participants will visit Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Golan, the Negev and more, and receive behind-the-scenes experiences in Israel’s tech and gaming scene. They will also meet Jewish professional esports players; advance their skills in games like Fortnite using proprietary coaching and technology; explore tools and innovations to help game streamers, content creators, and influencers increase engagement on platforms such as Twitch and YouTube; and compete with Israeli teens in popular video game titles at live events.
“Lost Tribe is engaging thousands of teens through gaming and Jewish content on platforms like Discord, Twitch, YouTube and TikTok,” said Lenny Silberman, founder and CEO of Lost Tribe. “We have seen countless friendships built through gaming on our platform, and now we are creating an opportunity for these virtual friends to meet and compete in person in Israel.”