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to benefit a cause
that betters the city.
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Story Development Editor
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o you believe in the future of Detroit?
Many high school teens do and are com-
ing together to celebrate all that the city has to
On April 14, more than 1,000 teens will gather at St.
Andrew's Hall in Detroit for Stand UP for Detroit! — a
night of music, advocacy and fun. The event will fea-
ture performances from chart-topping artists the Ready
Set (currently a Billboard Hot 100 artist) and Timeflies,
plus several other special guests.
Along with entertainment, the event also will feature
an advocacy fair that will recognize local organiza-
tions and businesses that support the future of Detroit.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to such a
cause; the specific cause will be determined by a teen
vote in May at BBYO-Michigan Region's annual spring
"The advocacy fair is going to be a super fun way to
help BBYO teens narrow down what organization their
money will be going to:' said Lauren Yellen, a junior at
North Farmington High School and an organizer of the
event. "We want to give kids the opportunity to see a
24 April 4 • 2013
At the regional
BBYO conclave in
November, teen mem-
bers voted to make
rebuilding Detroit its
Stand UP cause this year.
"Our teens recognize
that momentum is on
their side, and they see
now is the time to make a
difference in the commu-
nity," said Eric Adelman,
director. "They see exciting
things happening in the city,
and it's a place they want to
come back to:'
Eight local high school teens, all members of BBYO-
Michigan Region who hold positions on the organiza-
tion's regional board, are heading the planning and
implementation of the event. The teens' goal is to
recreate a positive image of Detroit and to play a role
in rebuilding the city's future. They look forward to
bringing teens together to celebrate the power their
generation has to make Detroit the place to be.
"The teens in BBYO feel very passionately about a
better future for Detroit:' Yellen said. "The cause hits
home for many teens. In places like Chicago or Miami,
a teen asking their parents to go into the city and being
allowed to is normal; here, on the other hand, it's very
uncommon. BBYO involves itself in things that are up
and coming, like the bully project last year. If we can
help out by donating money raised by the Stand UP
campaign, that's what we are going to do:'
Claudia Halpern, a senior at Walled Lake Western
and part of the organizing team, added, "This year, it
was important for us to donate our tzedakah to Detroit
a 1 +
1 1 .- - -
because we are the
Ian Zaback, senior,
future, and we are the
Farmington High School;
future that will bring
The idea for a con-
cert in Detroit came
naturally to the teens.
High School (WBHS);
"The concert came to
mind after the realiza-
tion that it's super easy
to get kids involved in
programs if it's relating
to music:' Yellen said.
Noah Krasman, senior,
"Motown defined the
NFHS; and Molly Klein,
city for a long period
of time. We wanted to
exemplify the music
scene that Detroit has:'
The teens are getting the word out to friends as
well as through 15 Jewish Student Connection clubs
(JSCs) in Metro Detroit. The local high school clubs
are a partnership between BBYO and Jewish Student
Connection, a national organization based in Port
"The goal of the JSCs is to create positive Jewish
identification; they require an adult sponsor from the
school and are open to any teen, Jewish or not, who is
interested in Jewish culture and Israel," Adelman said.
(See 'SC sidebar on page 26.)
"We expect a multicultural blend of people at the
event who come from different backgrounds and are
interested in experiencing Detroit's historically magical
downtown vibe," said Noah Krasman, a senior at NFHS
and part of the organizing team. "Some attending may
not be in BBYO nor Jewish, but at least they share the
Stand Up on page 26