Repair the World: Detroit Teen Engagement Associate
When Rachel graduated from Kalamazoo College, she was eager to move back to the east side of Winter Camp is a unique opportunity to spend your mid-winter break in Detroit. For many years, Repair the World has been hosting a camp for youth in and around Southwest Detroit over mid-winter break. Jewish teens are invited to serve as the ‘counselors’ for Winter Camp alongside teens from buildOn, a service organization in high schools around Detroit.
FOOD JUSTICE TEAM LEADER, DETROIT
Alyah is a recent graduate of Michigan State University, where she studied Sociology, specializing in Peace & Justice. As a volunteer for Destination Detroit, Alyah visited different non-profit sites throughout Detroit and learned about the city’s capacity to rebuild. She is excited to serve as a food justice fellow this year because she believes that food is a human right that should be both attainable and sustainable. Her name, like her ancestry, is both Hebrew and Arabic.
DIRECTOR, REPAIR THE WORLD DETROIT
Ben Falik is a Motown native with lifelong passion for world repairing. In 2002, Ben founded Summer in the City, a Detroit nonprofit that has mobilized over 200,000 hours of service. Since 2011, Ben has been Repair the World’s boots on the ground, working, in particular, on developing programs that serve young people in Detroit. Ben graduated with a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a Masters of Public Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. In 2004, Ben received a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University, where he was the food editor of the Columbia Spectator and hooker for the men’s rugby team. He is an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University and writes the Jewfro column for the Red Thread Magazine. He and his wife A.J. have two small children and one large dog.