Students tell Alternative Spring Break stories

 

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) leaders gave brief presentations where the participants got to share a favorite moment April 10 in Jonasson Hall.

ASB is a week-long volunteer opportunity to serve the needs of different communities. Each group contributed more than 100 hours of service.

One group did youth empowerment in Seattle, Wash., and worked with four different organizations.

It worked with an organization called Youth Care. Youth Care works with at-risk youth. It has programs that interact with these youth and even help them get their GED.

Ryther is an organization that works with kids who have experienced trauma, been abused, or have an addiction. It even has “in-patient” or “on campus” housing for kids who need it. Ryther also works with families inside their homes and help kids transition in between.

This group also worked with a national organization called America SCORES. The goal of America SCORES is to empower youth both inside and out of the classroom with soccer as its main tool. This program is in place in five elementary schools in Seattle.

First Place School helps low income families. It is the fourth organization this group worked with. The aim of the school is to teach both the child and the family. It focuses on the need of the student rather than where society says they should be.

Another ASB group worked with Habitat for Humanity and went to Tacoma, Wash.

It helped build foundations for houses, which comprised of a lot of manual labor. This group also worked alongside the families receiving the houses and AmeriCorps members in charge of construction.

This group had the opportunity to think critically about the issues these families faced and have discussions and reflections about it.

The third group worked with a wildlife organization in Westcliffe, Colo. It worked with Mission: Wolf, which takes in wolves or wolf/dog breeds.

Mission: Wolf serves to help these wolves and educate the public about wolf conservation.

The participants did a lot of manual labor. Their tasks included fire mitigation and fence building. They also got to meet the wolves.

ASB trips provided an opportunity for students to develop a deeper connection with Linfield students and staff. They also learned about issues in society and how to help solve them.

 

Kiera Downs/Copy editor

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