Alt Breaks

Spring Breaks

ReadiingMarch 16-21, 2014

Each break provides an opportunity for students to make progress in understanding the various aspects of specific social issues listed below. Teams will perform a variety of tasks throughout their trips. Service tasks may range from cleaning, building, and working directly with the clients. Team destinations will be revealed upon selection.

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AIDS/HIV & Healthcare

This break focuses on creating and strengthening healthy communities through the delivery of quality, affordable, service-enriched housing for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. Students will be educated in areas such as advocacy, education, development of affordable housing options and community development opportunities, both for its residents living with HIV/ AIDS and economically disadvantaged individuals. Students will gain insight to the daily trials of low-income individuals with HIV/AIDS.

Healthcare Access/Low Income Healthcare

On this break, students will investigate the healthcare system and explore services available to low income individuals. They will assess the potential obstacles low income communities have in finding the services they need. Students will learn about the leading research and treatment of children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Past teams have served in a variety of ways including hosting meals, ice cream socials, and craft nights with children who are currently hospitalized. Students will also spend a large amount of time providing meals for homeless individuals.

Urban Youth Development

Teams will be working to enable young people, especially those who need help most - to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Students will help facilitate activities and games with children as well as provide one on one tutoring. A previous Alternative Breaker said, "I cannot even begin to count the times I was absolutely touched by all of the wonderful kids I worked with. I can recall a specific time when I was able to connect one on one with a member simply by playing catch. It astounded me how simply a relationship can form, even without verbal communication."

Education in Low Income Populations

suppliesTeams will seek to become more knowledgeable about the education system in low income populations. Students will approach learning about this from various perspectives and participate in conversations with individuals from the private, public, and nonprofit sector. Students will work to understand the policy in place that provides assistance to urban schools. The team will volunteer in a high school, middle school, and elementary school to gain perspective from diverse settings and understand this social issue in a greater capacity. Teams may also have the opportunity to work directly with the students by providing tutoring throughout the break.

Backyard Break

This Service-Learning experience will allow students to step into life in another subculture of our own community. Students will spend the week gaining an understanding of the pressing social issues that are right in our own backyard, Kansas City. This break will focus on many of the challenges faced by individuals living in the urban core. It will take in-depth look at the homeless population and the resources available to that demographic in Kansas City. Reduced program fees will apply.