Games, song and dance bring together teenagers from TVIA and SAYC

Noah, Ryan, Miles and their new friends take a break from the “Define Gravity” Balloon Game. Courtesy photo

The SD1 Chapter of Teen Volunteers In Action held its second event of the year with the Sudanese American Youth Center on March 23. The day began with getting more closely connected through Minute-to-Win-It type games, then progressed to an impromptu piano recital and sing-along. The mood became so jovial that a few of the Sudanese youth girls decided to teach the North County teen boys a traditional African dance, Salam Mu Salam Mu.

Bryce, a ninth-grader from Torrey Pines, said his favorite part was the Face the Cookie game with Oreos. “I was pretty full by the end of it!” he said.

Taylor, from Canyon Crest Academy, had a good time getting better acquainted with his new friends: “They’re all so nice and friendly. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon.”

The two groups are planning their third event for mid-May, a “Get Ready for Summer” party at the La Colonia Community Center. TVIA parent liaison Carolyn Davis said that they are having a great year learning about the Sudanese culture and that each event brings these groups closer together.

“You can sense the kids getting more comfortable with each other as the day goes on,” Davis said. “I had one of the Sudanese girls ask me for the exact date of our next event so she could put it in her calendar!”

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