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1,000 teenagers will stand up for Detroit and, yes, the city has a bright future

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The youth of Detroit are behind the city. Here’s proof. One thousand teenagers will be champions for the city on April 14 when they gather at St. Andrews Hall to “Stand Up for Detroit!” in a night of advocacy, music and fun … all to aid Detroit’s future. 

DRC NewI’d say that means Detroit has a brighter future than many like to think.

All the responsibility for planning and organizing this event falls upon the heads of eight high schoolers who are members of the BBYO-Michigan Region and hold positions on the organization’s regional board. They look forward to bringing teens together to celebrate the power their generation has to make Detroit the place to be. BBYO is an international movement that teaches Jewish teenagers to make a difference in the world. It continues to grow in metropolitan Detroit, reaching 1,500 Jewish teens last school year – an increase of 30% over the last two years.

The young group’s goal is to help bring back the halcyon image of Detroit, or something similar, so the city can take this restored positive image and help build a better tomorrow.

“There aren’t many things in the world which I can call a passion, a close-to-home matter, rather, a nearby alacrity,” says BBYO member Noah Krasman. “Once called ‘the Paris of the Midwest’, the city of Detroit has been known for its stature, opportunities and communal unity. With roots sprouting miles beyond its geographical edges, the time is now to climb the trunk. I am proud to be a part of the revitalizing of this ‘king’ of a city, who, in the past few decades, has stepped down from his throne.

“Detroit is not perfect, it is not at its best, but more now than ever it shines brighter than most places on Earth, and continues to fight through the storms. I am proud to be a part of this miracle.”

BBYO logoStand Up for Detroit! will feature chart-topping artists including Billboard Hoy 100 artist The Ready Set and Timeflies.  Other guests will not be announced until closer to the date.

All the proceeds from the event will go for the future of Detroit. How it will be used will be determined this May by a teen vote at the BBYO-Michigan Region’s annual convention.

The proceeds may all be going to aid in the future of Detroit, but that is not the only thing the evening will do in the name of the city’s days to come. The event will also highlight local organizations and businesses that support the future of Detroit with an advocacy fair.

Stand Up Detroit! takes place at St. Andrew’s Hall on April 14 at 6:00 p.m.  The doors open at 4:30.  A minimum donation is $35.  Donating more is, of course, welcome. Anyone who raises more is eligible for incentives like merchandise or the opportunity to meet the artists. Ticket sales and donation acceptance started Monday, March 11.  For further information, visit www.standupfordetroit.com.

LiveNation is collaborating on the event.

If you want to help put on this event contact Eric Adelman, director of BBYO-Michigan Regional, at 248-432-5689 or eadelman@bbyo.org for sponsorship information.

2 comments on “1,000 teenagers will stand up for Detroit and, yes, the city has a bright future

  1. Having the courage to start something and not be lethargic is one giant step for teens in Detroit. BBYO U GO!

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