Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 06, 2014
Each year, hundreds of Howard University students give up spring vacations and trips home to honor the University’s motto of “truth and service” during the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program. From March 8 to March 14, nearly 400 students will volunteer more than 16,000 hours in Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and Haiti. Students will help tackle societal issues such as gun control, homelessness and illiteracy.
Since 1994, the ASB program has fostered a spirit of service and leadership among Howard University students. The program is coordinated through the Office of the Dean of the Chapel with significant institutional support from the Office of the President coupled with the help of generous donations from Howard alumni, students, staff, faculty and residents from Washington, Maryland and Virginia.
“Every time I come back from ASB, I come back changed,” said Taylor Davis, a junior nursing student. She is scheduled to volunteer in Detroit this year and has volunteered in Memphis and Atlanta the last two years. “As students, we come to give to our communities and quickly realize that those communities have just as much to give us in return.”
Students will depart from Cramton Auditorium on Saturday, March 8 at 12 p.m. Before departing, students will participate in a send-off ceremony at 10 a.m. at the auditorium.
Follow the students' progress via the Alternative Spring Break Blog.
Alternative Spring Break Locations and Activities
Locations: Baltimore Liberation Diploma Plus High School, YO! Career Academy, and the Boys & Girls Club
Locations: St. Sabina, Downtown Advocacy, Donda’s House & Hip Hop Detox, and Brave Youth
Locations: Pulaski Elementary School, Osborn High School Group, Christ Child House, Christian Guidance House, and Detroit Rescue
Locations: Dunbar High School, Stokes Public Charter School, Capital Area Food Bank, Metro Teen A.I.D.S., and Homeless Playtime Project
Locations: Cornerstone Prep, Shelby County Schools, Caritas Village, Memphis Teacher Residency
Locations: Fannie C. Williams Charter School, Lower Ninth Ward Village Community Center
Locations: Beyond Borders (Jacmel), various sites in Ecole Shalom