Wish Comes True for BBYO Teen: Watch an interview with BBYO teen Lucas Lendenbaum sharing his experience as a featured guest on the season finale of MTV’s “The Buried Life.”
Last spring the four young stars of MTV’s documentary “the buried life” spoke at BBYO’s East Coast Kallah Convention. Their message focused on their television series that features their attempts to live out their dreams today and not get buried in the typical paths most people take in life, while at the same time giving back to strangers by helping to make their wishes come true too. BBYO was the first public audience they spoke to about the show since the series aired. Their focus on helping others is a key aspect of their show and resonates with the focus BBYO teens share to become stewards in serving their own communities. Before wrapping up their remarks, they opened up a question to the crowd of 450 asking them, “If you could do one thing before you die, what would it be?”
Lucas Lendenbaum, 16, of Gaithersburg, MD walked on to the stage, took the microphone and with one brief and emotional sentence stated his wish: "My Dad doesn't have a home, and I just want him to have a home." His AZA brothers and BBG sisters rose to his side to show their support and compassion. Six months later, the four guys from “the buried life” decided to make Lucas’s wish part of their season finale episode.
Thanks to those who joined for a live interview after the show! Watch the recording below:
“We get letters and requests and talk to people constantly and it’s become clear when it really means the world to someone,” said Jonnie Penn, star of “the buried life” on why they chose to help make Lucas’ wish come true. “It took a lot of courage for Lucas to stand up in front of all of his friends and people he doesn’t even know and say this is something he wants to do for his father.”
“Sometimes the biggest difference you can make for someone is just showing up for them and it changes what they think is possible, “ said Penn. “If you can believe in them, they can believe in themselves.”