A few nights ago, I had the honor of traveling to Southern Delaware for a screening organized by an amazing 18-year-old named Destiny. For weeks, people have asked me why, of all places, Southern Delaware? It’s a great question. Southern Delaware isn’t the first place you’d imagine for a documentary screening. But let me tell you, it was no mistake.
As part of the Official Twitch Tour, I strive to reach every community that has requested a screening. Even more so, when a young person has the drive and motivation to organize it all, I have to go. And that’s how I found myself in Southern Delaware.
The Millennial Generation has a pretty bad rap. Adults tend to want to stereotype us as ego-centric, selfish and addicted to our electronics. I’ve always sought to prove the naysayers wrong because there are some pretty amazing young people out there that often go unnoticed. One of these people is Destiny.
With every screening, I’m always a little nervous about attendance. Due to budget constraints and timing, it’s always difficult to gage the size. In general, I have considered myself pretty lucky when 20 or 30 people attend. To be honest, I was nervous about Southern Delaware. Google Maps made it look like it was in the middle of nowhere, which it kind of was. The screening took place in a small church in the countryside and I had NO idea how many people were going to attend. I had faith in Destiny though, because I knew she was motivated to teach people about this disease and show her community what it means to be from a Huntington’s disease family.
Let me tell you, Southern Delaware blew everyone’s expectations out of the water. That small church was soon filled with over 70 individuals; the majority of the crowd was young people. The Q&A was filled with engaging questions from both teenagers and adults. Destiny’s family and friends even brought out a full buffet line of brownies, cookies and locally-grown watermelon. There were enough people there, in fact, to tip the scales and push the total number of Twitch screening attendees to just over 700.
Southern Delaware was a brilliant success.
It was a success because a passionate young person wanted to organize. It was a success because a small, but strong community banded together and invited all the friends and family they knew. It was a success because this community was excited to learn. This is why I never turn down a community (if the funds are available. Consider donating!) because a determined community is always worth it.
A huge thank you to Destiny and her family for making my first trip to Delaware such a great experience. I’ve now officially visited all the states on the Eastern Seaboard thanks to y’all. I am so proud of the young people of Southern Delaware for proving all the skeptics utterly wrong. Millennials and young people are always up to proving that they are capable of great things. And on a calm summer night in Greenwood, Delaware, they did just that.