BBYO Stand UP and Rebuild Begins!
Posted on 06/25/2013 @ 07:00 PM
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.
Once teens arrived at the hotel, they gathered for some icebreakers and to talk about why they stand up for certain issues. They were given a list of 30 different causes and, throughout various rounds of elimination, identified one main cause they were most passionate about. For Lauren Ide, 18 years old of Orange, CT, “the exercise made me delve deep and really determine what I stand up for.”
Later, the Executive Director of Tivnu: Building Justice, Steve Eisenbach-Budner, joined the group to help them not only think about the causes they support, but what drives them to support those causes. Some motivators included being born into privilege, guilt, the influence of friends/peers, sense of social justice, empathy, Jewish values/teachings/history and family values.