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VT Seva Detroit Youthboard 3rd Quarter 2022 Newsletter

VT Seva Detroit Youth board sucessfully wrapped up 3rd quarter (July – September) 2022 ! We implemented the below projects. Many projects were led and initiated by Youth Board Members

· Balaji Temple Volunteering

· Foreign Language Camp

· Brilliant Detroit

· Debate Camp

· Manoogian Manor July Visit

· Walkathon

· Macrame Keychain Workshop

· Tribute To Bharath

· India Day Promotions

· Manoogian Manor August Visit

· Essential Worker Appreciation Project

· Manoogian Manor September Visit

Balaji Temple Volunteering:

The volunteers helped clean out and make the garden look fresh as ever. Everybody enjoyed a bit of hard work! Because the weeds removed and leaves raked, the temple felt brand new! On our second visit, we helped the temple priests maintain the bricks by cleaning them and even replacing some of the old bricks. They were heavy but we all managed and were still able to help maintain the temple.

Youth Volunteers: Aahana, Alok, Supraja, Srivasta, and Kushal

Adult Volunteers: Vageshwar, Giri, Pranitha, and Deepthi

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VT Seva Detroit Youth Board 1st Foreign Language Camp

The Foreign Language Camp was a partnership with the VT Seva Detroit Board and Bright Minds Tutoring & VT Seva Detroit Youth Board members. This camp was a three day camp from July 11 to July 13 to teach young students some basic Spanish and French. Since kids were exposed to the two most commonly spoken languages in the world, they also helped in VT Seva’s contribution to the unprivileged students at Nethra Vidyala.

Camp Conducted by: Shrika, Rashmitha, Harish, Oviya & Soofia

VTS Detroit Youth Board Brilliant Detroit:

In the month of July, Brilliant Detroit took part in a reading project. There were 59 videos submitted and were used to help underprivileged children improve their reading skills over the summer. During the pandemic, many kids’ reading skills slightly reduced due to online learning. To help them catch up, Brilliant Detroit was able to pull younger kids’ reading skills up to speed.

Youth Volunteers: Srihari, Sriram, Sathvik, Supraja, Sanjith, Tarun, Sravya, Varshan, Harish, Oviya, Udhayaa, Aarush, Veena, Rishi, Akshay, Abhinav, Sai

Project Lead: Abhinav Suresh

VT Seva Detroit Youth Board 1st Debate Camp

The Debate Camp was conducted by VT Seva Detroit Youth Board member Sanjity. This camp was a three day camp from July 18 to July 20 to teach young students the essential skill of Debate, he also helped in VT Seva’s contribution to the unprivileged students at Nethra Vidyala with the money raised through this camp.

VT Seva Detroit Youth Board Manoogian Manor Senior Visit

We visited the Mannogian Manor for their monthly bonfire night. Volunteers helped serve tea, drinks and lemonade to the seniors and had talks with them. They had so many experiences to share and it was really fascinating to hear how life was like during the old days from people who lived through those days. Our youth volunteers entertained the seniors with their singing, dance, playing instruments. They brought them snacks and drinks also to the seniors.

Project Lead: Harish Jaisankar

Youth Volunteers: Shivani, Hajanthan, Varshan, Alok, Medhas, Kaavya, Harish, Harsh, Supraja, Udhayaa, Sriram, Siddharth, Nikita, Shraya, Zephyr, Hiba, Mohammad Hassan, Mohammad Hussain, Noorjahan

Adult Volunteers: Komathy, Vanitha, Latha, Asha, Salma, Mohamad Ali Khan, Zahara , Vanitha and Priya

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VT Seva Second Annual Walkathon :

The Walkathon was created to donate money to an organization which helps the financial needs of cancer patients. Even if it rained, it was important that we found a way around the problem and raised enough money to help people in need. This has shown us that there are always ways to do good things even if there are obstacles no matter the size. 𝟒𝟑 𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐉𝐮𝐧𝐞 𝟏𝟏, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 𝐭𝐨 𝐉𝐮𝐥 𝟐𝟒, 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐. 𝟏𝟓1 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬, Total raised $3500, and 𝟑𝟏 𝐓𝐞𝐚𝐦 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐬 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝟖𝟐𝟎𝟎 𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐬. Donated to Angels of Hope.

Youth Team Leaders: Aahana Jain, Adhip Pisipati, Akshay Kumar, Akshith Ashwanth, Alok Tonapi, Amogh Pisipati, Anuraag Balaji, Anvika Perumalla, Arya Cheemalamarri, Eesha Chigullapally, Hajanthan Muhinthan, Harish Jaisankar,

Kaavya Naga Sri Karnati, Kushal Durga, Mohammad Hassan Mohamed Ali khan, Mohammad Hussain Mohamed Ali khan, Nikita Talwar, Oviya Jaisankar, Rishi Chowdhury, Saisha Srivatsan, Shivani Nimmagadda, Shruthika Anandakumar, Srihari Ananthalwan, Srihari Hebbar, Srivatsa Thirunagari, Supraja V Pattangi, Teja Cheemalamarri, Udhayaa Arul, Varshan Muhinthan, Veena Karthik & Yana Pancal

Donors: Sudhhakar Ji, Chandresekar Ji, Latha ji, Vandana ji, Vani ji

VTS Detroit Youth Board Macrame Keychain Workshop

In this beginner’s workshop taught by Veena ji, volunteers learned how to make Macrame which is a type of textile produced by knitting. We learned quickly and we were able to make 42 keychains with 3 types of patterns for India Day. This has shown us that there are always opportunities to learn a new skill and that skills of any sort can bring us a long way.

Project Lead: Veena

Youth Volunteers: Oviya, Aaradhya, Danjeev, Taniksha, Sai Sriram, Adhip, Harish

Adult Volunteers: Veena, Mandira, Jyothi, Venkat, Anuradha, Jaisankar, Priya

Tribute to Bharath

In this project, board members helped create posters for many influential figures who contributed to India’s independence.

Project Lead: Oviya Jaisankar

Youth Volunteers: Oviya, Harish, Kushal, Sriraam, Srihari H, Abhinav S, Sravya, Akshay, Shruthi K, Kalki, Rachana, Supraja & Aditi

VT Seva Detroit India Day Celebration

VT Seva came together to this event to celebrate India Day which marked 75 years of Indian Independence. We did a parade where everyone chanted “Vande Matharam” and “Jai Hind.” Volunteers also created posters of leaders who played a major role during the Independence Movement such as Mahatma Gandhi or Subhas Chandra Bose. Oviya, a youth board member raised money by painting the Indian flag and it was enough to fund one student’s education. We sold the keychains which we made through workshop

Youth Volunteers: Harish, Oviya, Anvika, Sreenika, Sriram, Harsh, Aaradhya, Eesha, Adhip, Rishi C, Pranav T

Adult Volunteers: Veena, Mandira, Venkat C, Jaisankar, Priya

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VT Seva Detroit Youth Board Essential Workers Appreciation Project:

VT Seva Detroit Youth Board members, showed their gratitude towards the essential workers contribution in the honor of labor day. 36 youths appreciated Trash Pick-up crew, mailmen, UPS crew, construction workers, grocery store workers, pharmacists, house maids, restaurant workers and many more.

With no doubt they all made someone's day memorable for sure. Kudos to everyone of them who spread kindness.

𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿𝘀: Harish, Oviya, Siddharth, Sathvik, Shruthi K, Rashmitha, Sai Sahasra, Harsh, Sriram H, Srihari H, Veena, Rohit, Sadhana, Rishi A, Shruthi A, Abhisrishti, Rishi C, Vaibhav, Eesha, Anvika, Sreenika, Kaavya, Sai Sriram, Akshay, Srihari A, Kim Derrick, Hiba, Pranav M, Rachana, Hassan, Hussain, Leo, Vishnu, Neha, Saleen, Teja, Arya & Anuraag

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Blog Consolidated By: Alok Tonapi

Video Created by: Tarun Rajesh

Blog Published By: Nandini Cheemalamarri

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