By Sam Alavi
Ask any runner, and they will tell you that the best part of running is the “runner’s high”; that feel-good euphoria sensation you get after putting your time and energy into what in my opinion is pretty equivalent to torture. As you can probably tell, I’m not much of a runner. So being the nonathletic person that I am, I turned to activism to get my endorphins going. An “activist’s high,” if you will. To me, that feeling you get after doing good in the community is one of the best feelings in the world. That was the idea behind BAYS’ Day of Action. What better way to empower youth to make a difference than to allow them the opportunity to try it out? On February 16th, young people from all over California headed out into their communities to achieve that “activist’s high” by volunteering at various LGBT organizations including Project Open Hand, the Billy DeFrank LGBT Center, EQCA, and the Rainbow Community Center. The day was a great success! Students got to learn about different LGBT organizations and what they do, help out their cause, and meet fellow activists of all ages and walks of life. GSA Member Lindsey Chen talks about her experience at the Billy DeFrank Center, saying, “We were welcomed with a tour and panel of speakers because the staff wanted to illustrate why having an LGBT center is so important. We got to hear stories of how the center has changed lives, and then got to help out the center by stuffing envelopes. It was really nice to give back to an organization that was giving so much to the community.” Students ranging from LA to San Mateo and San Jose to Oakland, all unanimously agreed that the Day of Action was so much fun and gave them that good feeling afterwards that makes them want to volunteer in the future. Hope to see you all next year!