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October 2016

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October buildOn Student Highlight: Jessica Vargas

buildOn would like to celebrate the amazing leadership and dedication from one of our Sophomores, Jessica Vargas. Jessica has been involved with buildOn since she started at Validus as a Freshman, and has earned a spot on buildOn's Leadership Team, leading service days and giving us valuable input on projects. Jessica is very compassionate and driven and we cannot wait to see her grow in her next two and a half years with buildOn.


Number of service hours: 280.5


Favorite Project: KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) and Momentum Soup Kitchen. "We make them feel better because people in this world judge; judge on looks, actions, and things that aren't important. We overlook that and make them feel normal just like everyone else."


College Goals: "My role model is my older cousin Jessica, because she has been through a lot and is one of the first in our family to go to college. She is studying to be a nurse and I want to follow in her footsteps."

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NY Service Kickoff 2016

buildOn NY kicked off the new school year with 300 students from around the city for a huge day of service right here in the South Bronx. Students participated in a community cleanup of the streets and neighborhoods surrounding Crotona Park. Not only did they pick up trash, they chalked the sidewalks to promote clean neighborhoods and help reduce the amount of littering that takes place in our community. Additionally, students completed community mapping activities that helped them dive deeper into discussions surrounding the assets and deficits found within their communities and how keeping their neighborhoods clean impacts these assets and deficits.


It was an amazing day of service that was even covered by the Bronx12 News! Validus had 30 students of all grade levels come out for the day and we are extremely proud of the work they did!

October Events!

Saturday, October 1st - Latino/Latina Heritage Service Project: 10am-3pm


Tuesday, October 4th - Bathgate Campus Crotona Bash: 9:30am-2pm

Wednesday, October 5th - Momentum Soup Kitchen: 4pm-6:30pm

Thursday, October 6th - Program Meeting: Lunch

Topic: Health & Wellness, Knowing our body and its changes

Saturday, October 8th - Hunts Point Repack: 10am-1pm


Monday, October 10th - World Vision Warehouse: 11am-3pm

Wednesday, October 12th - Sean Casey: 11am-2pm

Momentum Soup Kitchen: 4pm-6:30pm

Thursday, October 13th - Program Meeting: Lunch

Topic: Breast Cancer Awareness

Saturday, October 15th - A21 Walk to End Human Trafficking: 10:15am-2pm

Sunday, October 16th - Breast Cancer Walk: 9:00am-2pm


Wednesday, October 19th - Momentum Soup Kitchen: 4pm-6:30pm

Thursday, October 20th - Program Meeting: Lunch

Topic: Breast Cancer Awareness

Saturday, October 22nd - KEEN: 1:30pm-5pm


Wednesday, October 26th - Momentum Soup Kitchen

Thursday, October 27th - Program Meeting: Lunch

Topic: Breast Cancer Awareness

Saturday, October 29th - Hallo-READ


*See Jon and Kelsey in the Bathgate Library for more info or permission slips!

Questions?

See Jon and Kelsey in the Bathgate Library, email us or find us on Facebook:

Jon Mucciolo - jon.mucciolo@buildOn.org - Jon buildOn (Facebook)

Kelsey Dunshee - kelsey.dunshee@buildOn.org - Kelsey buildOn (Facebook)

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