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Staley School of Leadership Studies

Spring Breaks

Sunday, March 18th - Friday, March 23rd, 2018

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.

Site leader applications and participant applications can be found here and are due February 2nd, 2018. 

Exploring Socioeconomic Impacts on the Public Education System in Denver, Colorado

Teams 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.

Evaluating the Root Causes of Homelessness and the Various Programs for Relief in Kansas City, Missouri

This break will work to understand some of the root causes of homelessness in the Fort Worth area while also beginning to see how the relief programs are run and how the programs best support the individuals suffering from homelessness. The team will support these relief programs throughout the week as the strive to break the cycle of homelessness.

Gaining Knowledge of how the Healthcare System System Supports People with HIV and AIDS in Dallas, Texas

This break will focus on giving students a clearer picture of how the healthcare system supports people with HIV and AIDS. It will give students an opportunity to gain empathy and understanding for those that are living with HIV and AIDS.

Exploring Environmental Sustainability in Springfield, Missouri

This break gives students the opportunity to explore environmental sustainability through service with the Springfield Botanical Center, Springfield Community Garden, and participation in stream restoration. Additionally, the breakers will have opportunity for hands-on education with a permaculture specialist including tree grafting, forest management, and more.