Planned by: Kelly Szteinbaum (El Al), Lauren Klafter (Chai), and Roy Iacob (Ramon) Led by: Hayley Hirsh, Zoe Aspitz, Iris Katzir, and Nicole Pavlovsky (El Al) Sarah Halpern, Marissa Meyerson, Paula Pearl, and Lauren Klafter (Chai) Jonathan Sapir, Guy Hadas, Dor Carpel, Ron Arbel, and Roy Iacob (Ramon)
6:00 PM- 6:30 PM: Everyone arrives: As people enter the location they will pay, once they have paid they will receive a name tag. The name tag will have 1 of the 3 colors of hearts and stars (will be used to split them into rotations later in the event) 6:30 PM- 7:00 PM: Mixer- People will be split into TV show preferences: such as South Park, 24, American Idol, The Real World, American Idol, CSI, Friends, Jersey Shore, etc. In the small circle groups, they will say one of their favorite moments from the show or they can reenact them, and then say their names. 5 or more chapter leaders are to be assigned to being the person to go to for specific shows.
7:00 PM- 7:20 PM: Havdallah
7:20 PM- 7:25 PM: Intro: “Hello and welcome ladies and gentleman to the studio of BBYO TV network. We would like to welcome our studio where you will be able to be a part of everything we do in our studio from filming our TV shows to being a part of them.Tonight you will be working with many of our producers and experiences what they work with on a daily basis so be open minded creative and join us at BBYO TV network.” (Say house rules as well)
7:25 PM- 7:30 PM: Split into Hearts groups. The rotational groups are round-robin style, meaning that the same program will be lead 3 times, at 3 different times. The groups just rotate around. This was done because there are so many people at the event.
7:30 PM- 7:50 PM: Rotation 1: Create-a-pilot program: “A pilot is a test episode that tries to be made into a show.” People will create their own ideas in small groups and present their skits. They should get some basic resources to help put together their ideas, such as paper and pens. The programmer will then film their skits, and upload everything to FB after the event.
7:55 PM- 8:15 PM: Rotation 2: Camera Crew: Photo scavenger hunt outside: “Hello everyone my name is__________ and I work on the BBYO Network as the camera crew . We have gone through extensive training to be a part of the camera crew and today you will be put through the test.” Split people up into 4 groups. Each group will have a camera. Then have each group grab a slip of paper with a style that they will be shooting. (This means that all their shots have to be in that style (up close, abstract, far away, or angled.) Make sure to tell them that and the challenge is to make sure that all their shots portray that. (If we can’t find cameras, cell phones with cameras will work too)
Each group will then get a list of what they are suppose to take pictures of and send them around the house. All the items will be placed in a certain area so they don’t have to be going around the whole house. (They have 10 min for this) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Stuffed animalSocks5 stacked wallets Tube of toothpastePair of shoesPeople forming BBYO with their bodies Hair brushA food item(Make more that are easy!) ChairPeople stairwaying ScissorsA bunch of AZAs Girl’s tank topA bunch of BBGs
Then when they get back, they will have 3 minutes to come up with a possible set that this could be for meaning they have to come up with a really quick TV show and what the scenes would be.
They will then present and share their pictures along with their idea
8:20 PM- 8:40 PM: Rotation 3: Dinner. Dinner is a rotation to minimize mess. Order 20 pizzas from Little Caesar’s, or some other pizzeria. Little Caesar’s is a good, cheap option.
8:40 PM- 8:50 PM: Split into smiley face groups (the next round robin).
8:50 PM- 9:10 PM: Rotation 1: Project Runway: Put people in partners, supply trash bags, newspapers, and duct tape. In a bag, have different moods or styles and each person pulls a slip out of the bag. They then have to make their partners outfit to portray that mood or style. Then each person will walk down a “cat walk” and the planners will be the judges. After some deliberation of the judges after the cat walk a winner will be announced for best outfit and best walk. These two people will then have a duel battle for bet performance down the runway and whoever wins according to the judges in the winner. Winners will be rewarded with candy.
9:15 PM- 9:35 PM: Rotation 2: Advertising Trivia: The leader will read known and not-so-known slogans. People will be split into 2 groups, and they have to guess which brand the slogan is from. The winning team gets candy.
9:40 PM- 10:00 PM: Rotation 3: Game Show: “Hello and welcome to one of the shows we film here on BBYO Network TV: Survivor team: Stranded House Edition. The location for this season is this house and you are all the contestants. This season is a mini season where you will compete in group activities and the winner will be a whole team. Once you are all in groups you will have 4 minutes to make a team name and flag. Right now you will all be split into 2 teams.” After 4 minutes have passed, quickly have 1 representative share their name and flag.
The game is: HUMAN PACMAN. On the ground outside there will be tape in a shape of a box with lines and zig zags. Each team will have several “Cherries” which can freeze their opponents (the point is to tagyour opponents). Then there are the pac-men that can help save their team mates. You can only be saved once, so please once you are tagged a second time you are out. The ones that aren’t a pac man or a cherry are walking around on the path trying to not get tagged. If you are tagged the first time you want to say cherry to get the cherries attention so you can be untagged. The team to get everyone out first looses. Everyone no matter what you are must stay on the lines or you are out that goes for all positions. Have 2 cherries and 2 pac-men from each team.
Then have them sit on the ground with their team and welcome them to the very first reward challenge where they will have to work as a team and the winner will receive their reward. Then take off a cover over the prize and reveal the candy.
10:00 PM- 10:30 PM: Big Homeless Activity with EVERYBODY: Spend a maximum of 15 minutes per part. This is a simulation of homeless shelter life vs. sleeping on the streets). This program was created by Kelly Szteinbaum at Camp Newman, it worked really well if people were quiet and payed attention.
At first everybody will be in one room, there will be four people on the outside of the room selling red cards. Once you get everybody quiet say, “Hello everybody welcome to the News channel. Tonight we are doing a documentary on homeless shelters. Everybody here is homeless and you do not have a place to sleep tonight. There is one homeless shelter that may provide a place to sleep for the night, but in order to stand in line for the homeless shelter you must first receive a brown card validating your homeless sate. There are four people around this room (have them raise their hands) who give out red cards…but there is only a limited amount, when I say GO you have to try and receive a red card from one of the vendors. (Receiving a homeless identification card is necessary because in many cities there is a law that without this card validating your homeless location, you are not even allowed to stand in line for a homeless shelter to spend the night. If you do not get a card, you will be spending your night on the street without food. Trust me, you want a card).”
The people handing out red cards (choose 4 chapter leaders) are going to be really mean and picky. They can tell someone who comes up to them that they have no more left, then the next person who comes up may get one. They can say “no I don’t like you I don’t want to give you a red card, go away,” or “you look you don’t really need this” then give one to someone else. This is to show how hard it is to get a card in real life. (half of the people at the event + 5 should get a red card, if there are 80 people at the event between all the people handing out red cards they should have 45 etc…) After all the red cards are handed out, tell all the people with a card to line up in front of a different room, everyone without a red card will be asked to stay there. Now the people in the room without a red card will wait for 5 minutes until five people come back.
What will happen now is: in front of the other room, everyone with a red card will line up, a person checking for red cards will go to the front of the room and only allow people to enter if they show them the red card. Before anyone enters they will say “welcome to the Bay Area homeless shelter!! Please show us your red card to get in” The last five people in the line will be told the shelter is full and to go back to the other room and sleep on the streets.
Now the five people will go back to the first room, once everyone is in the appropriate rooms the activity will officially begin.
·In first room (the streets): as soon as everyone is there, the leader will say, “Hello everybody, you are homeless and tonight you are stuck sleeping on the streets. Can everybody lie down, it is night time.” It is IMPERATIVE that people are 100% quiet (if people cuddle its chill as long as they are quiet but don’t encourage it) now the leader of this room will read out a few true stories about homeless people and read out statistics:
Story 1: My story is simple, but you won’t like it. I had a job and I made $9 an hour. But one-third of what I had went to the childcare center and nearly half went to rent. The rest went to food and regular bills. I got five kids. I got no other money. You can’t make it on that. It’s just plain and simple. I got skills. I went to school and learned to be a cook. I work good restaurants. I did what I was supposed to do. You just can’t have kids and make it on $9 an hour. When my daughter got pneumonia I had insurance, but the co-pay was high and the hospital wanted me to pay out $300 a month. I couldn’t give them but $20 or $30 and they took me to court. Then my boyfriend got married and wanted to get custody of my kids. I had to fight him in court. I paid $200 a month for a lawyer and he didn’t do nothin’. I had to get all the witnesses and do all the legwork. Then my car needed a new exhaust. And that was $1,000. Comes a point where something’s gotta give. With the car—I had to have that to work. The lawyer wouldn’t stop getting after me for the money I owed him. There’s just no way. I fell behind a little on my rent and got kicked out. Ain’t no way you can do it. You figure the math. They tell you, you got a skill and you be making $9 an hour. You can pay your bills—JUST pay your bills. Then anything come up and you’re flat. You can’t do it. They say here that they will help me, and they do. But I can’t just convince them of the obvious. I’m off the streets now, but I’ll be back. Ain’t no way you can do it. I could do like these other women and sell a little pot, but I ain’t raising my kids in that environment. So I do it the way they say. Ain’t no way it can work. Do the math. I’m trying now to find a job that will pay me just a little more, but so far no good. The good salad and grill jobs are way out of the city. Then I’d have to have a better car and spend hours traveling and my daycare wouldn’t keep the kids that late. I don’t know what the solution is. I feel like it’s just no use. All I can do is get me some boyfriend that will bring a little money into the house. But then I have to feed him too.
Story 2: I had a good job making $40,000 a year, but my job moved out to Atlanta and we downsized. I was there for 14 years. I got into this traffic accident and was in the hospital for 13 months. I got out and my wife found someone else and that put me out on the streets. I was married 13 years. That put me out on the streets and I was homeless. It was like a Cinderella story in reverse. I was in programs. I slept in garages, in cars, on one of those kid’s slides. A lot of homeless people have to hide or you get a ticket. I’ve been on the streets 5 months. I’ve been looking for a job, but every time I get a job it’s one of those temporary jobs and then they tell you they don’t need you anymore. So I haven’t tried to get a place until I get a full time job. I’m still at the Mission. It’s a blessing because it could be worse. I go out and see employers during the day. I’m a welder. My old company was good. I got my GED, I took up my own training. I’m not depressed but I’m anxious to get a job and get back to my old life and get reunited with my family again, which I’m not able to do right now. I was born and raised here and the job was here. My wife and kids are here in the city. She’s with someone else. I have three kids, one 19, one 12, one 5. It’s lonely to be homeless and frustrating. But you see love on the streets—sometimes more love. You learn how to survive, how to find the next place to stay, how to get the next meal, how to volunteer in churches. I go to the library a lot also. It has a good side—being on the streets. There’s no responsibility on the streets. It takes a long time to get it back when you get used to live on the streets. Now I miss my responsibilities. If you are a man you should take care of your kids.
Story 3: I've been on my own since 10th grade, some months before my mom moved to Oklahoma to take care of my grandmother. My dad lives in Wisconsin and I don't exactly know him. After my mom left, I shared an apartment with one of my four siblings in North Minneapolis. My brother and I both worked at Burger King to pay the rent. A bunch of his friends moved in and next thing I knew, he lost his job and I was trying to support all these adults. I couldn't do it. This is where my homelessness began. I ended up couch-hopping, staying at friends' places. I was missing a lot of school. My Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher Mr. Heegard could tell something was wrong. "You would disappear for a week and I wouldn't know where you were. There was no way to get a hold of you. I started investigating. I don't think you were telling too many people," said Mr. Heegard. I hadn't. I had trusted only two friends at school with my secret.
Statistics to be read:
1.37 million of the total homeless population in USA are children under the age of 18. 40% are families with children, 41% are single males, 14% are single females.
the homeless population is about 50 percent African-American, 35 percent white, 12 percent Hispanic, 2 percent Native American and 1 percent Asian.
28 percent said they sometimes or often do not get enough to eat
44 percent did paid work during the past month.
21 percent received income from family members or friends.
66 percent of the homeless have problems with alcohol, drug abuse, or mental illness.
22 percent have been physically assaulted.
7 percent have been sexually assaulted.
38 percent say someone stole money or things directly from them.
30 percent have been homeless for more than two years.
An estimated 100 million people worldwide are homeless.
Homeless shelter room: 2 leaders
Lay out with tape rectangle areas just big enough for one person to uncomfortably lay down in it (as it if were a very small bunk, maybe just hand out newspaper to represent the bunk for simplicity). When everyone enters the homeless shelter tell everyone they must lay down in a bunk, they must take off their shoes and jacket and place them anywhere they want within their bunk…if it is out of their area at ALL it will immediately be taken away from them. (LEADERS BE HARSH! You are supposed to act really mean and you must stay in character for this to be done effectively. While leading this, the people there are homeless scum and you don’t give a fuck about them, you’re just working there).Now you will give out candy (to represent dinner) to only about half of the people there, to the other people say too bad you ran out. Then tell everyone they must close their eyes with their hands and that symbolizes them going to sleep. NO PEEKING. So while they are “sleeping” the leaders will very sneakily steal a couple people’s shoes and jackets and stuff and hide it in a corner. After a minute or so tell them its 5:30 in the morning and they have to wake up and get out of there in the next two minutes. The people who got their stuff stolen to at first say “Aww too bad you should’ve taken better care of it.” (But actually give it to them before they leave because they need their stuff!)
When both rooms are done everyone in the streets room will receive a red card and get into the homeless shelter and everyone in the homeless shelter will spend the next night on the streets, so the groups will switch.
After this, everyone will get together, put them into three groups and have one leader with each group asking these discussion questions and having a short debrief with their group EVERYONE:
1)How was the process of getting a red card? How did it feel when you got rejected a red card? 2)What was it like for the people who had a red card and got in line, then got rejected from the homeless shelter when it was full? (if nobody in your group had this happen ask them how they think it would feel) 3)What do you think about the stories you heard? Did it make you realize anything new about homelessness? 4)While in the homeless shelter did you learn anything new about what life is like in a homeless shelter? Do you think you would rather sleep at a shelter or in the streets? 5)What was it like to get your stuff stolen when you thought you had made it into a safe environment of a homeless shelter? (same thing if nobody had that happen ask how they think it would feel) and after they answer mention that this is trying to simulate real shelter life by showing how even though you’re at a shelter it still isn’t the best option because the shelters are not very clean at all, there are a TON of people crammed into a small space, not everybody gets food…if anybody gets food at all, and people get their belongings stolen ALL the time. 6)Ask if there are any questions or anything else people would like to talk about regarding homelessness and homeless shelters.