The mission of the IMPACT program is to engage University of Georgia students in an affordable, week-long, substance-free, experiential service learning project that encourages an understanding of pressing social issues in a significant way. It is the goal of the organization to address community needs through direct and indirect service as well as provide students the knowledge of social justice issues in our own country. By providing new perspectives and hearing the stories of others, participants gain invaluable experiences that bring us together.
Unofficially, IMPACT could be the greatest week of your college life in which you are thrust into a group with 10-20 other students and are asked to transcend personal boundaries, state lines, and comfort zones as you travel to a new city (or small town, community or national park!) where you'll serve with that community, learn more than you could ever imagine, and return to Athens with a new IMPACT family.
IMPACT, formerly Alternative Spring Break (ASB), began at UGA in 1994 with a group of students interested in spending the week of spring break engaged in community service as opposed to the more traditional past-times of college spring break. Since the beginning of the program, over 2,000 UGA students have participated in our service break trips and traveled across the United States to participate in meaningful service projects that benefit the communities in which they work. Each year the program continues to grow in size and popularity. In 2010, we offered 19 trips and almost 900 students applied to go on an Alternative Spring Break trip, a new record for the organization. After experiencing such tremendous growth, the organization's leaders recognized a need for increasing the opportunities for students to participate in an ASB-like trip, and expanded the program by offering the first ever Winter Break trip in fall 2011. During the 2012-13 year, IMPACT set a record number of trips at 23 and of students participating in service trips at over 400. We are extremely proud to continue to grow as an organization and hope to provide the incredible experience found on an IMPACT trip with every UGA student.