NSR Presents: J-Serve: this dinner evening event will showcase of local community service, where teens will hear from organizations doing great work in the community. We will also hear from teen leaders who have hosted exceptional community service and/or philanthropic events throughout this programming year. We will also be raising money through our raffles, for which we have received significant donations from over 20 local organizations. One of the main highlights of the evening will be the announcement of a new competition in NSR: the Stand UP Cup. We hope to empower teens to participate in a year long competition to with the cup at the end of each school year for years to come. Proceeds from the event will be donated to our partner service organizations. Any teen who brings a canned good or art supply to donate will receive a free raffle ticket. We have collected over $1000 worth of donated items from local businesses ranging from pizza places, to a year of free bread from Panera, to free manicures or haircuts, etc. Our premier prize is 50% off Spring Convention. Teens will receive a free raffle ticket for every item they donate (canned goods and art supplies) and tickets will also be on sale for $1 each. Throughout the evening we have a schedule of speakers from local community organizations - including Splashes of Hope (painting murals or ceiling tiles as “splashes of hope”). NSR will sponsor a mural which will be custom made for a local organization called Center for Developmental Disabilities. During an intermission in the evening teens will have the opportunity to actually help paint a portion of the mural. Other organizations we will hear from are Pride for Youth, a service and advocacy organization for the health, wellness, and cultural competency of LGBTQ youth. Additionally, we will hear from the Long Island Crisis Center which will has a Long Island based suicide prevention line and visits schools to address adolescent depression. One additional component, is during the intermission teens will be able to write letters that will go to a local Children’s Hospital (which teen leaders will actually hand-deliver at a later date).
April 14 - Project Hope: This event at the Mid Island Y will continue our annual partnership with B’nai Brith in packaging nearly 300 bags of Passover food for local Jewish families in need. Some teens will also have the opportunity to deliver some bags directly to families later that day.
(Pay at the door)