This Year’s Act! Speak! Build! Week was a Great Success!

Posted by Amanda Cusumano, Youth Programs Coordinator & AmeriCorps Member:

We kicked off the week with our Building Communities Through Service build day in honor of Cesar Chavez. Among the participants were students from South High School, King Drew Medical Magnet High School, California StateUniversity Dominguez Hills, California State University Los Angeles and SantaMonica College. They did an amazing job knocking down walls and completely gutting the inside of the house; it’s shocking how much debris can come out of one structure! At lunchtime, everyone took part in our postcard signing campaign in support of the California Homes and Jobs Act. With the help of these volunteers, we collected 100 postcards in just one week; a truly significant advocacy effort!

ASBW continued with two screenings of The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, an emotionally-charged documentary about the rise and fall of an affordable housing project in St. Louis. Each screening was organized by its respective host (University of Southern California and IMPACT club from King Drew Medical Magnet High School), and was proceeded by a discussion session. We really wanted to reinforce the importance of building stable communities in addition to homes, and this film illustrates that perfectly. It also promotes the need for continuous involvement and support from local and state government.

On the fundraising side, students from South High School and Palos Verdes Peninsula High School took the initiative to get Nickels for Nails going in their schools. Together they collected over $140 for our Youth Programs initiative! South High School has quickly become one of our partners, and they will begin their chartering process to become an official Campus Chapter this fall. The Nickels for Nails leader at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School is one of our Youth United members, and we are working with a teacher at the school to get the students further involved with us next school year.

The week wrapped up on a high note at the Palos Verdes BikeRide for HFH GLA, where a jazz quintet, also from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, and a church youth group from St. Cross came to help out at the rest stop and along the route. The quintet was a wonderful touch; special thanks to our EMC team for arranging the performance! Each member was friendly, and as a whole the group was quite impressive. The volunteers from St. Cross played a vital role as well; they jumped right into their assigned tasks and were happy to give 100% of their energy.

ASBW truly encompasses all of the facets of HFH GLA’s mission, and the bar has been set high for future events. It is incredibly rewarding to have worked with so many passionate young people. I am confident that they will be the ones to continue making a difference in their communities, and will pave the way for prospective youth leaders.  To all of the ASBW participants, THANK YOU(TH)!

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