Not your average road trip: Service experiences make a difference
This spring break, dozens of K-State students will embark on a road trip like no other.
Whether teaching at-risk youth, feeding the hungry or helping children with cancer, students will see their lives forever changed. The student-led School of Leadership Studies program, Alternative Breaks, partners with established nonprofits nationwide for service projects during spring break, winter break and even some weekends.
“I’m so thankful that K-State and the School of Leadership Studies offered this opportunity,” said Erika Williams, Topeka, Kan., a theatre major who serves as student coordinator for Alternative Breaks. Through the program, Williams has worked every spring break at a Boys and Girls Club in one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods.
“I never thought I would’ve found myself there when I came to K-State, but it has completely shaped my perspective on life and what’s important and how I can make life better for others,” she said.
Alternative Breaks also provides real-world practice for leadership techniques learned in the classroom, said student coordinator Kayla Day, Overland Park, Kan., a marketing major.
“It really has challenged the way I think about the people around me and how to approach them in different situations,” she said.
Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of Alternative Breaks is its comprehensive approach, said Bethany Roy, Norton, Kan., a family studies and human services major. Roy will lead fellow students during spring break to join Teach for America in a low-income Denver school district.
“We’re not just going to mentor students,” she said. “We really want to delve into the tough issues that surround the work we do – education policy, policy reform and poverty in the Denver metro area. That holistic approach makes this such a higher quality experience.”
Private gifts from K-State alumni and friends help support Alternative Breaks and other School of Leadership Studies programs. For more information on how you can help, please contact Marty Kramer, director of development for the School of Leadership Studies, at 785-532-7578. You can also make an online gift here.