SCARSDALE, N.Y. – BBYO, the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish youth movement and DoSomething.org, the largest not-for-profit for young people and social change, teamed up this fall to launch “Can-Tribute,” a campaign that brought together young people across North America to fight hunger in their local community through a food collection drive.
The campaign began Sept. 23, just before the Jewish High Holidays to align with the Yom Kippur tradition of collecting food for the needy during the day of fasting, and lasted through Nov. 6.
“You have a voice and you have power,’ said Kyle Price, a high school Junior at Rye Country Day School. “Our involvement in the hunger crisis is crucial and we cannot shy away from our responsibility. Together, we can make a difference through awareness and action.”
To celebrate the conclusion of the campaign, BBYO Westchester Region, in partnership with Westchester Reform Temple, Tempe Beth Shalom, Mid-Westchester JCC, Hebrew Institute of White Plains, Rosenthal JCC, Solomon Schechter School, Jewish Education Project, Jewish Student Connection, Jewish Community Center of Harrison and Westchester Jewish Council, hosted a pre-screening of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.” The pre-screening was attended by more than 280 teenagers and was another opportunity for teens to socialize and support the community. More than 600 pounds of food was collected at the theater for the Westchester Interfaith Food Pantry.
Across North America, the leaders of the top three biggest drives won seats for themselves and 20 guests at their local BBYO pre-screening.
“BBYO has a long tradition of teens coming together to stand up for the causes they believe in and to take action to create change in their communities and our world,” said Natalie Spring, director of campaigns and movement initiatives at BBYO. “Working with DoSomething.org on this campaign, we’re able to connect more teens to the value of repairing the world.”
In December, Westchester Region BBYO will host “Let’s Wrap,” an event to celebrate the holiday season and conclude their first semester.
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