Around 2:00 p.m. EST, the first teens began trickling into the hotel in downtown Detroit which will be home for the next few days for Hunger is Not a Game: A Teen Issue Summit on Hunger Awareness and Advocacy.
Day two of BBYO Stand UP and Rebuild was spent doing several service projects. The group split into two. One group traveled to a residential community to help out with community beautification. They cleaned up a whole block of a community and worked hard to make it look like a place to be proud to live again.
After being robbed during their evacuation for Hurricane Irene, the Dresch family decided not to evacuate for Hurricane Sandy. As a result, Patricia Dresch lost husband George and 13 year old daughter Angela. This year, Angela would have graduated middle school. Tonight was her middle school’s prom, just across the street from the BBYO Stand UP and Rebuild Summit.
Today kicked off the first day of BBYO Stand UP and Rebuild: A Teen Issue Summit on the Power of Service. Nearly 100 teens from the United States, Canada and Bulgaria traveled to New York to come together and learn about the importance of direct service and advocacy and make an impact on the communities affected by Hurricane Sandy months ago.
Today was an exciting day! Being the first group to arrive, we had to wait for all the other groups to make their way to D.C. Our group explored Washington, D.C. before the other groups arrived – it was great!
On Sunday, we started our amazing Panim el Panim experience. We heard from speakers from the National Coalition for the Homeless. Everyone was really moved by their stories. They told us about their own homelessness experiences. They also explained to us that homeless people aren’t all crazy, and their homelessness experiences had to do with a lot of mistakes that happened in their lives. Their stories were very touching, and it made me feel differently about homeless people and how we should treat them.