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Teen Coordinator Brett Krasner's HRGS Experience

Posted on 06/06/2012 @ 08:00 PM

What a summit it has been! From the minute that I first saw the BBYO HRGS 2012 poster in the hotel’s lobby up until exiting the hotel’s garage onto Georgia Avenue for the final time two days later, I had an amazing time at the summit, meeting new teens, lobbying my Senator’s staff, encountering new and sometimes horrifying subjects, and even learning the solutions to those topics. On the first day of the summit, Hannah Procell, Sara Strei, and myself asked the participants: “How will you break the cycle of inaction in our country?” I received answers to that single question in the form of blank stares and confused looks from the audience. Two days later, I was filled with pride to see so many teens (that previously had no clue what I was talking about) raise their hands with excitement and confidence in order to express how each participant was going to come back to their communities and carry back with them the ideals that they learned from this summit. Whether it be getting Froyo, Starbucks, Chipotle, Chinese food late at night, or lunch in DC together, getting cement sprayed on our clothes because we crossed a closed sidewalk, developing intense inside jokes, creating room rivalries, “Snapchatting” each other’s iPhones, or even just trying to stand upright on the Metro, we certainly bonded as a group of proactive Jewish teens. Even when we were learning about the worst catastrophes in history and how no one helped those that were oppressed, we still learned together and shared our thoughtful opinions together like we would with our own families and closest comrades. Each speaker, speaking on domestic and international issues, changed how we looked at the world and its events, and opened our eyes to things that we had never even known about prior to the summit. Coordinating this summit with Mikah, Hannah, Sara, and everyone else was a blast, and I could have not wished for anything more on my birthday on Tuesday than spending it with such an amazing group of teens and staff that I instantly bonded with. Remember to follow up with the ideas that you were so intent on following through with, whether it be following up with your Senator’s office, bringing what you’ve learned back to your communities, or even by raising awareness about human rights in your school. Thanks for such an amazing summit everyone and I hope to see you all at another summit! -Brett Krasner, CRE, age 17.

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