Category: EDU - General (Inside MC staff use only)
Published: Feb 7 2014 12:28PM
The Office of Student Life and the Montgomery College Foundation supported 11 students and the Rockville Service-Learning Coordinator Nik Sushka in an Alternative Winter Break, January 9-12.
Alternative Breaks are week- and weekend-long service-learning trips that help students learn about social issues through direct service, issue education, and reflection. Students apply to participate, meet prior to the trip for education and training, and share what they learn after returning through group presentations and re-orientation projects.
Reflection leaders Tafya Nailatika and James Huang joined fellow students from across the college to explore root causes of homelessness with the Steinbruck Center for Urban Studies in Washington, D.C. and provide emergency services to men and women experiencing extreme poverty in the region.
Writes participant Dre' Todd about his experience: "I grew up with little access to resources or opportunity in Southeast Washington DC, before moving to PG County, and then finally Montgomery County. The tough reality of my upbringing has always motivated and inspired me to want to create change. I now believe I have access to resources that can help me to do this."
"I think the most important goal of this program, and the goal of everyone involved is to affect what people think and believe in regards to homelessness and what perpetuates the epidemic. Once the image of homelessness and poverty are shaken up, and removed from an exclusively negative context, everyone will be able to have a dialogue on how to fix these problems across America."
Read all of Dre's post-trip reflection here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/montgomery-college-rockville-office-of-student-life/who-what-when-where-how-and-why-the-steinbruck-center-for-urban-studies-in-nw-dc/611233038950482
Want to support the Alternative Breaks Program?
We're recruiting faculty and staff to participate: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dGFGQ2V6cXZmOHZnMGdSZ2JnS05nTFE6MQ#gid=0
Save the date for the February 14 Flower Sale Fundraiser for Alternative Spring Break: Coping with Disaster in Tuscaloosa, AL.
To learn more, contact Nik Sushka at email@example.com or Kris Borcherding at firstname.lastname@example.org.