First day of Impact DC!
Posted on 07/15/2013 @ 05:00 PM
Hello from Impact: DC! We’re off to a great start here at the University of Maryland. We kicked off today’s events with a bright and early wake up in order to be on time to the first day of our service sites. After our gourmet pancake breakfast, we traveled to our sites via metro! Although over 63 kids on a train at the same time may sound a bit crazy, we all managed to get to our incredible sites safely and on time.
One of the service sites that was visited today was Metro Teen AIDS; a non-profit organization that advocates for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in the D.C area. The visit began with a HIV and AIDS 101 introductory lesson. We met all the staff members at Metro Teen AIDS, as well as the “peer educators” who taught us more about the organization and what it stands for. The service site visit was wrapped up with a quick activity, in which we wrote a personal letter to HIV, as if it was a person. Our exciting day didn’t end there! We traveled all the way to the infamous Chinatown of D.C. where we had some free time, otherwise known as Chofesh around here. Some of us shopped, others ate, and some just sat in Starbucks. It was a fun experience and opened us up to the culture and diversity D.C. has to offer.
Right after Chinatown, we were headed to the International BBYO Office located in the heart of D.C.! It was awesome to see the headquarters of the organization we all know and love. There, we heard two previously homeless men speak about their life experiences and their obstacles that they had to overcome to return back to ‘normal’ society. Both of them had different stories, but showed us that it is possible for anyone to be in that position. Also, they conveyed a message of encouragement and strength towards others in our lives. The men empowered us to then talk to other homeless people in McPherson Square. Stories were shared, perspectives were changed, and we all came together to make our first impact on the D.C. community.
After a long and hot day, we traveled back to the beautiful Hillel of UMD and sat down for our second dinner. We are pumped for our program tonight and can’t wait to visit the Holocaust museum tomorrow!
That’s all for now! See you soon!
-Amelia Abemayor ,Brittany Shervan, and the rest of Impact: DC!