Recently, 90 high school students from around the world joined Met Council in the rebuilding efforts in Staten Island. The project was part of BBYO Stand UP and Rebuild: A Teen Issue Summit on the Power of Service.
Over two days, these hardworking volunteers cleaned up and beautified three houses in the Oakwood neighborhood of Staten Island, sorted donated clothing to go to families whose belongings had been lost in the storm, worked in a community garden that supplies produce to a kitchen serving Sandy survivors, and pieced together thousands of plastic water bottles to construct a sustainable greenhouse made of entirely reused and repurposed materials.
The projects were introduced by a panel of case workers and residents who shared their personal experiences. The entire summit was moved by the story of Patricia Dresch, who lost her husband and 13-year-old daughter during the storm and is still living without a permanent home. At the end of the summit, the teens left feeling empowered to make a difference through their service work.
For more information, check out JTA’s article on Met Council’s partnership with BBYO.