For the second year, Perfect Sense is proud to sponsor the D.C. United Community Star, presented by Brightspot. This program recognizes young people who have given their time, talent and energy to make a significant positive impact in the Washington Metro area.
Learn more about the 2018 recipients:
July 28 - Jake Arbeen
Jake has been a part of the nonprofit, Dreams For Kids DC, for the past 8 years. Over this time, he has evolved from participant to volunteer. Over the last 3 years he has organized collection campaigns in the community to help gather purses for Dress4Success and backpacks/school supplies for Kids In Need of Defense. Jake has also volunteered with Comfort Cases, including organizing donation collections in Fairfax County, VA. He has also volunteered a number of times with the Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation (MSE Foundation) in their Ft. Dupont Ice Arena clean-up day and with MSE Foundation/Playworks for the MLK Jr Day of Service. Despite his autism, he is making a huge impact in the community!
July 25 - Takeya Ball
Takeya is a 20 year-old native Washingtonian who graduated from Friendship Collegiate Academy in 2015. She has worked for many years serving her home communities. In high school, Takeya regularly volunteered with the UDC Health Department running Nutrition Education classes at local daycares in Washington, DC. Now, as a college student at Tennessee State University she serves as a Community Service Chair and leads volunteer projects for her classmates at food pantries, the local food bank, and at nursing homes near her campus. She also develops nutrition based programs for teenagers and adults in low income communities in Nashville, TN. This summer, the Capital Area Food Bank is proud to host Takeya as our “Summer Feeding Associate” in DC. In this role Takeya helps bring free meals to children across the region throughout the summer.
July 14 - USA Street Child World Cup Team
The USA's Street Child World Cup Team traveled to Moscow in May to compete against soccer teams from around the world in the Street Child World Cup. The USA team, which included residents of DC, was comprised entirely of children who have experienced or been at-risk of experiencing homelessness. The USA team finished fifth, highlighted by a dramatic victory over the host nation, Russia, in a shootout!
Is someone you know making a difference in the Washington Metro community? The Community Star is open to any individuals or groups of young people between the ages of 10-22 who reside in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia.
Winners receive eight tickets to the Brightspot dedicated section at Audi Field, free parking, a fan pack including D.C. United promotional items, and an in-game recognition for their community contributions.