IMPACT 2013-2014 Site Leader Applications
ASB is now called IMPACT
The mission of the program is to engage University of Georgia students in an affordable weeklong substance free experiential service learning project that encourages an understanding of pressing social issues in a significant way. 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 1,800 UGA students have participated in our Alternative Spring 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 organizations leaders recognized a need for increasing the opportunities for students to participate in an ASB-like trip, and has expanded the program by offering the first ever Winter Break trip in fall 2011.
While expanding the program is a tremendous success for the organization, we realized that the name of Alternative Spring Break no longer fit our growing program, and have changed our name to IMPACT. We selected IMPACT after thoughtful discussions because our organization truly hopes to make a positive impact on our site leaders, participants, and the communities we serve. In turn, we also hope the participants and communities we serve will make a positive impact upon us.
The IMPACT (formerly ASB) program places teams of college school students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during their spring break. Students perform short term projects for community agencies and learn about issues such as poverty, racism, homelessness, healthcare, disaster relief, discrimination, social justice, and the environment. Being completely immersed into diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social concerns in an impactful way.