Indiana Campus Compact is partnering with Taylor University to host “Addressing Rural Community Needs,” an alternative break experience for Indiana Campus Compact member campus college students May 21-26, 2012. This trip is a unique experiential learning opportunity for college students from the state of Indiana. Students will gain valuable skills, resources, training, and support for implementing an effective Alternative Break program on their own campus.
From May 21-26, 2012, up to 20 students from across the state will come together to serve the Marion, IN community. Indiana Campus Compact and Taylor University will partner with a number of nonprofit organizations located within Grant County. These partnerships will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the issues affecting rural communities. They will learn about the cultural distinctions that one may find in rural communities; rural poverty; the importance of building strong relationships between campuses and communities in which they reside; and what resources are available to address these issues.
Over the course of the trip, students will:
- Spend five nights and six days addressing rural poverty in Marion, Indiana;
- Serve in a variety of capacities in a local thrift store and food pantry at St. Martin’s Community Center;
- Learn about rural poverty and other issues affecting the community;
- Be exposed to racial, spiritual, and socio-economic diversity;
- Build relationships with students from across the state;
- Learn practical applications for implementing successful Alternative Break programs in their own communities;
- Receive valuable tools, resources, and share models of successful Alternative Break program components; and
- Spend a day processing their experience through post-service reflection