What did you do for your summer vacation? Several Brooklyn youth have a college-essay-ready answer due to their selfless service. AZIZA CLUNIE, ROSE MALLOY, and DAVID RAPHAEL of Brooklyn joined dozens of youth from 16 states and Canada this summer for Habitat for Humanity International’s “Summer Youth Blitz.” They hung drywall, hammered nails and handed over the keys to a new Habitat home in Eagle Butte, S.D., during the two-week building project.
Students from high schools and youth organizations participated in the build. Sixteen youths and four adult supervisors work for two weeks to build one entire Habitat house from start to finish that is then sold with a no-profit mortgage to a family in need.
Aziza Clunie is the daughter of Marilynn Sarjeant. In addition to her work with Habitat, Aziza works as an assistant in children’s dance classes and volunteers at her school’s Pumpkin Patch fundraiser. Rose Malloy is the daughter of William Malloy and Claire Zion and attends Stuyvesant High School. In addition to being a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Rose is also involved in cooking at a homeless shelter and working with children at local childcare center.
David Raphael is the son of Karen Raphael. In addition to his work with Habitat, David volunteers at the South Street Seaport, helping with office work and with the sailing program for the visually impaired. Summer Youth Blitz is part of Habitat for Humanity International’s Youth Programs department. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than one million people.