Local teens work to restore history


POSTED: Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 1:25pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 8:09am

Kids from El Paso gathered to restore the Trinity Community Center as a part of Global Youth Service Day.
This year's theme was "restoring history," and almost 200 kids, parents and volunteers worked through the weekend to paint, clean and restore the historic building. 

Crystal Sustaita-Duran, Trinity Community Center moderator, said they’ve been working with the Juvenile Probation Department for several years. They are able to help out, while getting their community service hours signed off.

Officials said however, this is more than just a project to renew the appearance of a building. The real changes are those they hope to see within the kids as they worked together to give back to the community.

“This is where we plant the seed of serving for our youth,” said Israel Tena, Juvenile Probation Department supervisor.
“From here they are going to learn something about servicing. And we are planting that seed to where we are going to go home, to their communities, to their centers, to their churches, to their faith groups, and want to serve and volunteer for their communities,” Tena said.

Those seeds were planted as the kids worked with each other throughout the weekend, braving the winds and heat to accomplish their goal to clean up a building that has been around since the 1800s.

“It feels good...this wouldn't have gotten done if we didn't come… It feels good that we're restoring an old building,” said D’Andre Jackson, Global Youth Service Day participant.

Angel Moreno said the weekend was hard work but he said he felt accomplished at the end of the day.
“It doesn’t help only yourself but others. Something to give out than to give in,” Moreno said.


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