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VT Seva Detroit Youth Board 4th Quarter Newsletter

VT Seva Detroit Youth Board successfully wrapped up 2021 by completing their goal of implementing at least one project each month which is initated by youth. In 4th quarter they completed 6 projects

o Student – 4 – Student Outreach Project

o Candy Drive

o Eyeglass Drive

o Book Drive

o Salvation Army Bell Ringing

o Rise to Equality Poster

Video created by youth volunteer Harish.

Student – 4 – Student OutreachProject:

VT Seva Detroit Youth Board raised money by creating awareness of VT Seva who are not aware of VT Seva and its causes. This year 28 students participated and raised money for 28 students in Nethra Vidyalaya Schools. 170 donors donated $10,450. Please visit the blog for more details and video. Project idea was proposed by youth volunteer Harish.

Candy Drive:

𝑯𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒘𝒆𝒆𝒏 is the fun time for the children to go out for Trick-or-Treat in their costumes with friends and count the candies they collected and securing their favorite ones.

Our Youth Board members went for Trick-or-Treat rather saving the collected candies for themselves, they donated it to the deployed troops through "𝗢𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗚𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲" a non-profit organization that sends care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and handmade items to 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗥𝗲𝗰𝗿𝘂𝗶𝘁𝘀, 𝗩𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀, 𝗙𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗽𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀, 𝗪𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗪𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗿𝘀, 𝗖𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗚𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗨.𝗦. 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗠𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗮𝘀. Local Dentistry in Livonia collects the candy and send it to Operation Gratitude.

11 Youth Board members from different cities collected and donated 42 pounds of candies to the deployed troops.

Youth Board Members donated: Hiba, Rashmitha, Siddharth, Sathvik, Veeksha, Abhinav S, Anuraag, Srihari A, Nikhil S, Harish & Oviya

Adult volunteers: Lavanya, Vanitha, Zahara and Priya

Eyeglass Drive:

Youth Board Member 𝗥𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗶 Proposed the idea Eye Glass Drive as part of their November month Project

22 youth board members collected 72 prescription eye glasses

Rishi & Shruthi collected 24 eye glasses by canvassing in their neighborhood.

Eye glassess were donated at Eyeglass World. Lions club partner with Eyeglass world in collecting them.

Used eyeglasses that are collected by Lions and other volunteers are recycled at one of ten Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers throughout the world. The used eyeglasses are cleaned, repaired and classified by prescription. The eyeglasses are then distributed to those in need by Lion volunteers and other organizations hosting optical missions in developing countries

Thanks to Rishi for proposing this idea and all the youth board members who participated in this project.

𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗕𝗼𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗺𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗘𝘆𝗲 𝗴𝗹𝗮𝘀𝘀 𝗗𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲: Rishi, Shruthi, Srihari A, Anuraag, Anvika, Sreenika, Saisha , Shreya, Abhinav S, Abisrishti, Hiba, Rohan, Rashmitha, Nikhil A, Teja, Arya, Sidharth, Sathvik, Sai Sriram, Kaavya, Oviya & Harish

𝗔𝗱𝘂𝗹𝘁 𝘃𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Sripriya, Srinath, Vanitha, Nalini & Priya

Book Drive:

We've collected 450+ books. This is the first time that Goodwill Store get a collection of books from a group of youths and getting books in high volume. These books will definitely help the children in need. Thanks to Amogh for bringing in this project and working with Goodwill. Thanks to Amogh, Kaavya and Harish to visit Goodwill and helping with book drop off.

𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞: Abhinav S, Abishristi, Adi, Akshay, Ananya Sankar, Amogh, Anuraag, Anvika, Chakrika, Harish, Hiba, Hrudya, Ish, Kaavya, Kalki, Kushal, Nikhil A, Nitya Sankar, Oviya, Pranav M, Rashmitha, Rishi, Sai Sriram, Saisha, Sanjana, Sanjith, Sathvik, Shruthi, Siddharth, Sreenika, Srihari A, Srihari H, Supraja, Sveya, Udhayaa, Veena, Yug

𝐀𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐕𝐨𝐥𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐬: Sripriya, Architha, Giri, Srinath & Priya

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

VT Seva Detroit Youth Board Members making the change happen by ringing the bell for Salvation Army. 3 days (12/20, 12/21& 12/23), 8 youth volunteers rang the bell and impacted the the lives of neighbors by helping them in their time of need.

They not only rang the bell, they sang songs and played christmas music in their instruments. This project was proposed and led by the youth volunteer Harish.

𝑯𝒂𝒓𝒊𝒔𝒉 - 𝑭𝒍𝒖𝒕𝒆

𝑺𝒊𝒅𝒅𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒉 - 𝑹𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓

𝑺𝒓𝒂𝒗𝒚𝒂 - 𝑪𝒆𝒍𝒍𝒐

𝑯𝒊𝒃𝒂 - 𝑽𝒊𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒏 & 𝑺𝒐𝒏𝒈

𝑨𝒌𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒚 - 𝑽𝒊𝒐𝒍𝒊𝒏

𝑶𝒗𝒊𝒚𝒂 - 𝑺𝒐𝒏𝒈

Each year, The Salvation Army will serve more than 25 million people across America – including many here in your community. That means 55+ million meals for the hungry, 10+ million nights of shelter for the homeless, and countless Christmas gifts for children who may otherwise go without.

So truly, you can make a difference with every ring. The funds you raise as a Salvation Army bell ringer will make a year-round impact in your community through social services assistance, homeless shelters, disaster relief, children’s programs, rehabilitation services, anti-human trafficking, and more.

Youth Volunteers: Harish, Siddharth, Kaavya, Sravya, Pranav T, Hiba, Akshay & Oviya.

Adult Volunteer: Priya

Rise to Equality Poster:

VT Seva Detroit Youth Board collaborated with JET MI in creating the posters about the leaders who stood up for equality to honor the commomeration of Statue of Equality. These flyers will be posted in social media.

Youths who participated in poster creation: Oviya, Jethri, Pavan, Abisrishti, Kaustubh, Advaith, Harish, Hiba, Siddharth, Rashmitha, Akshay, Udhayaa & Nikhil

Adult Volunteer: Priya

Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers & donors who made this year 2021 successful.

Watch this video to recap the memories from all the projects in 2021. Video created by Priya.

Blog Consolidated By: Youth Board Member Oviya

Blog Published By: VTSeva Detroit Comm volunteer Nandini

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