Posted on 02/16/2013 @ 07:10 PM
Friday, February 15 was not only the first full day of AZA BBG IC 2013, but it also kicked off the BBYO Stand UP Day of Service and Advocacy.
The morning started off with many different keynote speakers who offered words of wisdom to the entire IC body. We were very fortunate to be joined by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), AIPAC Leadership Director Jonathan Kessler, Human Rights Activist Judy Feld Carr, Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey and US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.
As the day progressed, we were split up into various service site groups where we were able to give back to Washington, DC through community service and advocacy.
Jayme Mysel, 17, from BBYO Nassau-Suffolk Region had the opportunity to join Girls Rock DC, an organization that focuses on bringing music into the lives of underprivileged girls. Going into the program, Jayme thought that she would be playing instruments with underprivileged children. However, when her group arrived at the program, they went to the storage facility where they learned what the organization does in depth.
Throughout the duration of their day, the IC delegates moved drums and amplifiers onto a truck, which were then transported, to a newly built school. Even though Jayme did not work directly with the girls they were helping, she knew that her service was helping less fortunate girls indirectly.
Just like Jayme, at the end of the day, other IC teens walked away from the BBYO Stand UP Day of Service and Advocacy with an even greater sense of the impact they can have on the community.
Written by: Danielle Haft, Nassau-Suffolk Region