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Working Behind the Scenes for Others

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By Eric Zuehlke / Sunday, June 11th, 2006 / New York Culture Center

Tucked away in the art room at the end of the Lower Lobby of the New York Culture Center, the Art Committee was an oasis of calm on the morning of June 11. Over a dozen youths of all ages, aged 7 and up, sat around a table, busily making bracelets. The bracelets are gold and black with red and blue thread, for the SGI colors and have the festival's theme of "It All Begins With Me - SGI-USA NE Zone Youth Festival" meticulously ironed on. The committee's goal is make a bracelet for every participant. They were kind enough to give me one which I'm still wearing days later - a perk of being a Documentary Committee reporter! Megan, age 7 and Moth, age 9 worked to measure and cut the gold bracelet cloth. This was Megan's second time at the rehearsal. She was in the band before but wanted to join the art committee because the violin piece was too hard for her. "I like to make things and stuff. It's not as hard as playing a hard piece and it's more fun" she said.

David Yang, a 21 year old from New York, was at the rehearsal for the first time. He likes the group because it's "fun to work with kids - they're working so hard and diligently. If they are, I might as well join in!" He shared his determination towards July 16 for a total victory in his LSATs in December.

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