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ASB 2014-2015 Site Descriptions
Homelessness and Rebuilding: Jackonsville, FL
As economic times get tougher, the homeless population has increased. Individuals who are homeless have been frequently stereotyped and misunderstood; labeled unfairly as being "lazy" and "free riders". These misleading stereotypes have led to an increase in hate crimes against the homeless population. Currently, Florida is the most dangerous state for the homeless according to National Coalition for the Homeless' 2012 database of known cases of violence. Breakers will get a chance to interact with individuals who currently find themselves in homeless situations as well as work with several agencies, including Community Connections, Habitat Restore, and Sulzbacher Center. Dive into the stereotypes and challenges faced by individuals who are homeless or who are on the road to independence in America's 14th largest city to begin to unravel this social issue found in every state of our Nation.
Site Leader: Karla Armstrong
My name is Karla Armstrong, I am a junior and a political science major. This will be my second year serving as an alternative spring break site leader. I believe that it is important to give back because life has given me so much and I feel it is my duty to give back and to make others aware of what is going on around the world. In my free time, I love going to the gym.
School to Prison Pipeline: Philadelphia, PA
This site will focus on the injustices prevalent in the education system. A nationwide trend in which students are ousted from public schools and channeled into the juvenile justice system is commonly known as the "School-to-Prison Pipeline." The impact that this issue has on the community is immense because more and more students are being denied the opportunity of becoming the best versions of themselves. Breakers will travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a city plagued by the "school-to-prison pipeline", for a unique chance to work with agencies advocating for the eradication of the pipeline in the birthplace of an innovative program called "Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program." Become part of this life-changing trip in hopes for a more just society!
Site Leader: Cynthia Maceda
Hello, Breakers! I am a senior double majoring in Psychology and Secondary English Education and currently hold the position of director of the Peer Education Team. Alternative Spring Break is in my blood with this being my fourth year participating in ASB and my fourth time being a Site Leader. I enjoy volunteering, learning new things, and staying busy. I volunteer because I love to see other people smile and I greatly enjoy knowing that I helped put that smile on others' faces.
Hunger and Education: Hernando, FL
An astounding 16 million children are food insecure, meaning more than 1 in 5 children do not know from where their next meal will come. This site will focus on childhood hunger. Childhood hunger affects children in a variety of ways, including physically, emotionally, and perhaps most importantly, academically. Studies have shown that malnutrition has been noted to be in correlation with children's' academic performance, school attendance, school participation efforts and concentration levels. One main focus of this trip is learning about this correlation between education and hunger. Breakers participating on this site will work with a variety of organizations such as Interfaith Emergency Services' program Food 4 Kids. Food 4 Kids is a "backpack" program providing food for elementary school children on the weekends to prevent weekend hunger. Food 4 Kids typically feeds over 1,450 children each week for a total of 8,700 meals. Travel to more rural areas of Florida to leave your print on hunger and education to improve the lives of children.
Site Leader: Nicole Green
I am a sophomore majoring in Psychology and Business and recently participated in the LeaderShape program. My goal is to become a child psychologist. In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, and spending time with her friends and family. I believe in giving back to communities and view volunteering as a privilege and ethical responsibility.
Youth Development: Lakeland, FL
FAU ASB will once again take Lakeland, Florida by storm. We will be addressing Youth Development with a focus on foster care. The foster care system specifically in the state of Florida helps an average of 17,000 children and teens. Why is foster care an important issue? Statistically, 8,000 children between the ages of 0 to 6 will be adopted because most parents rather raise an infant/child rather than a misunderstood preteen or teen. This leaves those remaining in foster care or returned to broken and neglected homes. Breakers will travel to Lakeland, Florida to interact with various agencies and volunteer at a foster home. This trip will leave you with a sense of thankfulness and a newfound enjoyment for volunteering.
Maya Burney – Graduate Assistant, Weppner Center for Service-Learning and Civic Responsibility
Maya Burney serves as the graduate assistant for the Weppner Center for Service-Learning and Civic Responsibility. A native of South Carolina, Maya received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration at Coastal Carolina University, and is currently pursing her Master’s Degree in the Higher Education Leadership program here at Florida Atlantic University. It is her hope to gain educational experiences and to foster relationships while working in the Weppner Center.
Site Leader: Maya Burney
Hello Breakers! I am a graduate student pursing a degree in Higher Education Leadership and I am currently the Graduate Assistant for the Weppner Center for Service-Learning and Civic Responsibility and a member of the Student Conduct Board. With my past volunteer experiences including mentoring college freshman, Relay for Life, and Children’s Miracle Network’s Dance Marathon this will be my first year participating in Alternative Spring Break! I am super excited and looking forward to having a great experience!
Food Insecurity and Urban Farming: Tampa, FL
Hunger does not have a face. Hunger does not discriminate. Hunger does, however, affect 1 in 6 Americans every day. This Alternative Spring Break, students will travel to Tampa, Florida, to learn about hunger and food insecurity in the state of Florida. Breakers will also learn about the different ways that food insecurity is being combated domestically. Organizations to visit and volunteer at include Feeding America Tampa Bay, a food bank warehouse; Trinity Café serving those suffering from hunger; and Sweetwater Organic Farm, a farm focused on local, long-term sustainable solutions. Each person hungry in America comes from different backgrounds and social classes with each having their own story. Travel to Tampa to learn their stories and how we can fight hunger together.
Site Leader: Kara Marsh
I am a junior majoring in anthropology with a geology minor. I am a Certified Student Leader, and I maintain a leadership position in Golden Key Honor Society as the secretary. I am also a Resident Assistant in Heritage Park Towers, where I oversee an entire floor of freshman residents serving as a mentor to them. Despite all of my dedication to leadership, my true passion is service. No matter my academic or extracurricular commitments, I always make time to volunteer regularly with S.A.V.I. or the Weppner Center for Service-Learning and Civic Responsibility. Ultimately, I strive to better the world through my active citizenship, and in return I better myself.
Alternative Spring Break Frequently Asked Questions
What is ASB?
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an opportunity to spend your spring break week serving a community in need. You will travel with other students and staff members to a new city where you will immerse yourself in service projects and learn about a particular issue affecting that community.
ASB will be one of the best weeks of your life – a chance to dedicate an entire week to serving others and learning about a new community. You will make new friends and come back with a new perspective on a complex social issue.
Why is Alternative Spring Break considered "alternative"?
Alternative Spring Break trips are a week "on" instead of a week "off" – you will have the incredible opportunity to use your break from courses to pursue a love of service and an interest in a particular social issue. Alternative Spring Break is also substance (drug and alcohol) free, offering students an alternative to the more "traditional" spring break.
What are the benefits of going on an ASB Trip?
- Use your spring break to make a difference
- Make new long-lasting friendships
- Learn about a social issue by working alongside those directly affected
- Build leadership skills and future involvement opportunities
- Travel to a new and interesting city or location
- Immerse yourself in a new culture and lifestyle
- Have fun!
- Give back!
- Leaving your PRINT for a better world!
When is ASB?
February 28 - March 8, 2015
How much does it cost?
The cost of each service trip is all-inclusive covering all food, transportation and housing for the week. The majority of the cost is covered by funding provided by Student Government.There is a non-refundable fee of $100-$250 depending on the specified site.This non-refundable fee will be due by October 31, 2014. If no payment is received, your spot will be forfeited and offered to the next student on the waiting list. Payment instructions will be provided at time of acceptance. Participants will be able to pay with a debit card or a credit card. Cancellations with a refund of the fee will be accepted until Wednesday, November 28, 2014, by 11:59 p.m. Cancellations after this date and time will result in a forfeiture of your complete fee payment.
How do I apply?
Complete the ASB application online. The application deadline is Friday, October 3. Applications can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred), faxed to 561-297-2563, or dropped off at any Weppner Center location.
Weppner Center locations:
Boca: Student Union, Bldg 31, Room 218
Broward - Davie: Student Union, SD 219
Northern- Jupiter: Student Resources, 119
Are there any requirements for applying?
You must be enrolled as a full-time student at FAU during the Spring 2015 semester. You must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application as well as time of travel. You may not be on probation for academic or disciplinary reasons. You may reference the student travel policy if you have any questions.
What is considered when selecting applicants for trips?
A number of factors are taken into account when evaluating applicants as we seek to create diverse groups of participants from all campus locations, years, and majors. The MOST important item looked at is the "questions" portion of your application. Treat the essays as a written interview. It is our way of truly ascertaining your character, interest level, intentions, maturity and compatibility for ASB.
Can I be placed on the same trip with my friend(s)?
Each applicant is evaluated individually and therefore guaranteed pairing is not possible. Applicants should put their best effort into writing their application, particularly the essay portion, in order to maximize their chances for being selected for their top choice trip. Keep in mind, however, that one of the benefits of going on ASB is meeting new students, making new friends, and broadening your social network at FAU, so it is to your benefit to attend trips with students you do not know.
How will I find out that I have been selected to participate?
All applicants will be emailed, at their FAU email addresses, informing them of their selection. Those students not selected will be placed on a waiting list and will be informed if a position becomes available. It is the student's responsibility to check their FAU email for communication regarding ASB.
I was selected for one site but I want to switch to another, is this possible?
No, you cannot change which site you are attending after participant selection. Every site and trip will be a valuable, exciting, and powerful experience and we encourage applicants to keep an open mind about all of the site options.
I was selected for a trip but can no longer participate in ASB, what do I do?
Please send an email to email@example.com immediately stating that you can no longer attend your trip. Please include a reason as to why you cannot attend the trip.
What is the cancellation policy?
The deadline to cancel without penalty is Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by 11:59 p.m. After Wednesday, November 26, 2014, you will forfeit in full your payment unless extenuating circumstances are present. Under extenuating circumstances, your cancellation without penalty request must be submitted in writing to the Weppner Center for Service-Learning and Civic Responsibility and include documentation of the circumstances. Request for cancellation without penalty may be sent to Adam Seigel, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Maya Burney, email@example.com.
Still have questions or want more information? Contact: Maya Burney at firstname.lastname@example.org