2012 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.”
2011 ICC Statewide Alternative Break Participants
Indiana Campus Compact (ICC) is partnering with Taylor University to host “Addressing Rural Community Needs,” an alternative break experience for Indiana college students in May 2012. From May 21 through May 26, 2012, a group of student participants from various ICC member campuses will spend week learning about the issues effecting Grant County. During this Alternative Break experience, students will engage in volunteer service and address a critical need affecting our state. Students will also gain valuable skills, resources, training, and support on implementing effective Alternative Break programs on their campus.
Over the course of the trip, student participants will learn about rural poverty needs and other issues affecting the local community, and be exposed to an array of racial, spiritual, and socio-economic diversity. Student participants will serve in a variety of capacities in a local thrift store and food pantry at St. Martin’s Community Center while learning about rural poverty-related issues. Students will also learn practical applications for implementing successful Alternative Break programs in their own communities; build relationships with students from across the state; and spend 1 day processing their experience through post-service reflection.
The Alternative Break Institutional (ABI) program provides one ICC member campus with a $1,500 grant to support an Indiana-based Alternative Break trip in May 2012. ICC program staff will assist Taylor University in the planning, organization, and implementation of the Alternative Break experience. Student applications are due April 13, 2012 will mark Indiana Campus Compact’s 6th Statewide Alternative Break trip.