Save the Date: March 11-18, 2017
Spring ASB offers week-long regional trips based in the Pacific Northwest.
For Spring ASB 2017 we will be sending out five teams of students to perform high quality, direct service that impacts our regional community and creates positive change. You do not want to miss out on the opportunity to participate!
Spring ASB is first come, first served. To participate, show up at the registration day on Tuesday, Feb.7 at 8 p.m. in the Whitewater Room of the Idaho Commons. In the past, certain trips fill up within the first 10 minutes. We recommend reviewing the Spring ASB descriptions below and arriving ahead of time to get in line with your first, second and third choice options.
In order to register for Spring ASB you will need to make a $50 deposit at time of registration. This can be made with credit/debit card, cash or check.
If a trip does not fill up on Tuesday, Feb. 7 it will continue to stay open for registration at the Center for Volunteerism and Social Action between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Faculty/Staff Advisor Applications Open
We are currently looking for Faculty/Staff Advisors for the Spring ASB program. Applications are open until Sunday, Jan. 15 at midnight.
For more information about being an Advisor, refer to the application or reach out to us by stopping by the Center for Volunteerism and Social Action in the Idaho Commons Room 302.
Vandals will be serving at a correctional institute that specializes in Retained Jurisdiction sentencing. Retained Jurisdiction provides a sentencing alternative for offenders who might, after a period of programming and evaluation, be viable candidates for probation rather than incarceration. Vandals will assist in preparation for the reentry of the inmates by assisting teaching of math and language skills, career planning interviews, money management workshops, and improving overall communication.
Vandals will learn about the need for affordable housing both locally and internationally. By working side-by-side with families, participants will come to understand what a difference it makes to these families to actually be able to afford a home of their own. They will see and contextualize that there are many different reasons families are struggling financially, and how support from a community can radically change lives for the better. Volunteers will work on construction sites, building homes and creating hope for community members.
This team will work alongside volunteers a nonprofit organization that works to offer no-cost home repairs to underrepresented groups and focuses on helping neighborhoods stabilize and grow. The organization is the go-to partner for neighborhoods committed to revitalization and urban renewal. Through this work, the community partner is able to maintain the culture of a community and ensure that long-term members of our community are able to age in place. While working on a variety of projects, students will discuss issues surrounding poverty, urban renewal, gentrification, race, and more.>
Volunteers will be working in a State Forest within the Northwest with that State’s Department of Forestry. This year’s project will be construction of river access trails for the public at some key locations. In addition to the trail work, the group will spend a day potting native plants at a cooperative nursery that provides native plant stock for restoration projects in the watersheds. There will also be a day for students to explore the coast, see a lighthouse, and of course visit the local but famous eatery. This trip will give participants a taste of the working in a State Forest and what we can do for the sustainable trail systems within.
Refugees are those who are fleeing their country due to a fear of persecution for many reasons, including race, religion, nationality, political opinion, etc. Refugees come from all over the world to seek asylum in the United States. During the week long break, ASB participants will receive an opportunity to work with and assist a refugee center in ways that help to support these people looking for safety. Specific roles may vary, but service on this trip will grant every volunteer a better understanding of what the process of integration entails and a chance to learn more about what refugees experience while settling into a new home in a completely foreign place.
Alternative Service Breaks
Challenge yourself and develop leadership skills through service across the globe grounded in social justice issues including urban poverty, racism and domestic violence.
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