Spotlight On: Scarsdale Youth Action Committee

A small amount of collective effort by youth, always yields a large return.


The Scarsdale Congregational Church Youth Action Committee, in Scarsdale NY, is a group of teens from numerous High Schools who are committed to monthly service activities.

Each year they organize a spring break service trip, and every other year they visit the Pine Ridge Reservation to volunteer at Re-Member, a nonprofit that improves the quality of lives for residents.


Steven Burke went to Pine Ridge in the spring of 2013 and came back motivated to do more. This Fall he stepped up and volunteered to lead a Car Wash to raise funds for Lakota Children’s Enrichment. Steven said

“I have been to Pine Ridge reservation and it truly moved me [to see] what people… there have to do to go about their daily lives. When I heard of the opportunity to help out the Lakota people at this car wash, I instantly had interest. The main reason I did it though was to make sure the Lakota people got as much help as possible through this oncoming winter.”

As it turns out, Steven’s inclination was correct. This year winter hit extra early, and already has deposited 4-6 feet of snow in the region.


In order to make the Car Wash a success, Steven Burke, the Head Sponge, reached out to YAC members, their parents, other students in the surrounding community and solicited their help. Volunteers agreed to wash cars, bake goods to, supervise hot dog, yogurt and lemonade sales.

Steven also arranged for Scarsdale High School’s premier a cappella group, For Good Measure, to entertain while teams of teens and others washed up to four cars at a time. Keith Martinez, Chair of our Youth Advisory Board, greeted people and provided them with information about Pine Ridge.


In a little over 2 hours, the team raised over $1,000, which, in turn, will fund the shipments of blankets, coats, boots and running shoes and other projects.

Enjoy our pictures of the volun-teen community event. Teens, adults and small children joined together for an afternoon of service. Passers by drove through, stopped by and contributed generously to the cause. For Good Measure entertained. This was the second time that For Good Measure has participated in a Lakota fundraiser.


Wopila to Steven Burke, YAC and other community members who washed cars, baked items and and those who turned out to show support!

What is stopping you from taking action? Get involved, engage your community; become part of the solution.

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