2009 Social Venture Institute
One major goal for the retreat was to provide students with the information needed to start their own social venture. This included providing information about how a business is organized as well as visiting strong examples of social ventures and volunteering over 30 hours of service to the community. Community Partners for this retreat included the Indianapolis Division of Economic Development, the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, the Horizon House, the IUPUI chapter of Heifer International, the Butler University Real Business Experience, Village Experience, Second Helpings, and Moved Media. Students returned to their campuses with binders full of information about various social ventures, how to create business and marketing plans, and a strong network of like-minded students who came together during the retreat.
2010 Homelss in the City Alternaitve Break
Indiana Campus Compact, in consultation with Franklin College, partnered with homeless shelters in Indianapolis to bring a unique opportunity to college students. Over the course of a week nine students participated in Homeless in the City and spent two days learning about the root causes of homelessness, four days living at homeless shelters in downtown Indianapolis, and one day reflecting on their challenging and intense experience. Students were exposed to racial, spiritual, and socio-economic diversity which many had never experienced before. The hope was that students would be inspired to be advocates for our homeless neighbors and become change makers in their communities.
The program changed the students’ views of persons experiencing homelessness and gave them a new perspective on solutions. When reflecting on the program, one student said, “I not only learned about the homeless population, the magnitude of the problem, how much still needs done, and the "politics" involved, but how ignorant society can be because they are in denial. Every person can make a difference in resolving the issue in their own method. Even though I am one person, I can make a difference in someone's life, which will help someone else and cause a ripple effect for the good.”
2011 Indiana Campus Compact Statewide Alternative Break Program
For many, Spring Break is used as an opportunity for students to travel to exotic destinations for rest and relaxation. However, some students choose to take an alternative route and utilize their breaks to immerse themselves in a week of intensive service and giving back. In doing so, participants gain new skills, challenge themselves, make new friends, learn about important community issues, and feel a sense of accomplishment.
2011 Indiana Campus Compact Statewide Alternative Break participant, Kristyn Crawford, Indiana University Bloomington, shared this quote about her Alternative Break experience, “I am now very socially aware and fired up about helping fight homelessness in my own community. I would definitely encourage other students to go on an Indiana Campus Compact Statewide Alterative Break trip. It is an amazing way to meet people from around the state and share in a memorable and meaningful experience.” Click here to read more of Kristin’s reflection.