UpDayton Projects of the Past - The Longest Table and Project Rebound

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Written by Project Lead Bryan Stewart

Three years ago, I took off from work an hour early and walked into a room full of strangers. I left with lifelong friends.

I’ll try to keep it brief but I can talk for days about the value of UpDayton and getting young people together in a space like the UpDayton Summit. I truly believe UpDayton is one of our community’s most potent ways of improving and strengthening Dayton.

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The Longest Table Dayton project was more than a pitch on a stage some spring night, it became a community movement led by Dayton’s young people. Each year we have built it better and more inclusive.

Last year, I had the privilege of pitching an initiative called Project Rebound. Nearly a year later, and we’ve connected with youth from all over the city. We’ve partnered with all sorts of organizations and we’re getting closer and closer to tricking out a basketball court in West Dayton.

I get it, connecting with others can be hard. It can be even more difficult when you’re tackling the early steps of your career or you’re new to a Midwest city. UpDayton, and more specifically, the UpDayton Summit, holds a special place in my heart and I encourage anyone who wants to be a part of something bigger than themselves to head over to the Dayton Art Institute on April 26th.