Behind the scenes with the EYP team

6 days until Build Day!

Exactly one week from today you can head to the New York State Museum to check out the 16 “Go Team” themed CANstructures! The New York State Museum opens at 9:30am. Be sure to bring non-perishable food items with you- you’ll use them as voting tools to vote for your favorite structures!

Today, we celebrate EYP with a guest blog post from their team captains:

EYP has been participating in CANstruction since its inception in the Capital Region 7 years ago. This year this team is led by Captains Shivanthi Narendran and Alanna Kellogg. Both have been participating in CANstruction for the past 3 years. Shivanthi is leading the team’s planning, design, and model. Alanna uses her skills to lead the team’s fundraising efforts. Together they have pledged to try and make this EYP’s most successful year!

They kicked things off as soon as possible, scheduling their first brainstorm session just days after the theme announcement. EYP wanted to make sure they started off on the right foot and secured the idea that they were most excited about. Team EYP also started fundraising early in the game with their first in-office fundraiser a month after the theme announcement.

The team has hit a few roadblocks along the way, but has taken everything in stride and with each challenge they dive in to find a solution as quickly as possible. The first challenge came with they started modeling their structure and realized one of the cans they had chosen would be extremely expensive at the quantity they needed and would eat up the majority of the funds they would have available for their structure. Nothing a quick trip and scavenger hunt at Price Chopper couldn’t fix!


One of the most memorable moments for EYP this CANstruction season happened back in December when the Food Pantries reached out to EYP and asked them to conduct a Hygiene Drive and gather hygiene products to be donated directly to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry on Madison Ave. in Albany. The EYP Office collected boxes of shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, baby wipes, diapers, toothpaste, and many other hygiene items that we take for granted. Members of the EYP CANstruction team personally delivered their collection to the Food Pantry and volunteered for an hour to see how the Food Pantries operate and learn a little bit more about the impact that CANstruction has on the communities. The team describes it as an eye-opening experience that has reaffirmed why they are so passionate about this event each year.

Overall, EYP is looking forward to a successful 7th year participating in CANstruction and can’t wait to see the amazing structures that the other teams have come up with! Check out some of the photos of their fundraisers and their time at the Food Pantry!



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