At Johnson State, you’ll find many opportunities to engage in service in and around the local community. Badger Alternative Breaks, a chapter of the national Break Away Alternative Breaks network, helps you build your leadership and organizational skills while traveling to sites in the U.S. (or some years, abroad,).
As a Badger Alternative Breaker, you’ll help decide what project to take on, prepare and plan for the project, and fundraise for the travel expenses. Over spring break, you’ll travel to your destination and take part in a week-long service project, getting a chance to meet new people, see a new place, and make a real contribution to a community or organization that needs your help. It’s life-changing, agree previous participants — and it’s also really fun!
Johnson State College was a founding chapter of the Break Away program (which currently has a network of over 130 chapter schools), and since 1991, the SERVE Office has sponsored more than 100 Break Away trips with more than 1,000 participants.
JSC also offers Alternative Weekends focused on conservation and restoration in national parks.
2014 Alternative Break Issues
This experience will focus on the issue of refugees: persons who have been displaced due to natural disasters, persecution, or warfare. In 2013 there were 16.7 million refugees around the world. The United States welcomed a record number of refugees (69,930) in the same year, most of them from Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Somalia and Cuba. Since 1989 6,300 refugees have come to Chittenden County. This experience will focus on helping refugees become acclimated to living in U.S. society.
This experience will address the issue of food insecurity in the United States. In the U.S., 1 out of 5 children live in a house that struggles to put food on the table and over 49 million Americans are classified as food insecure. During this experience, we will focus on education pertaining to food-related issues in the U.S. and connect the problem of food insecurity to other social issues such as poverty, unemployment, specific demographic characteristics and lack of education about sustainable and nutritional food sources. This experience will be specifically focusing on attaining access to affordable and nutritional food in urban settings and food deserts.
This experience will focus on topics concerning health issues from HIV/AIDS, to politically sponsored torture, to drug abuse, to nutrition. This experience will connect to a variety of prevalent issues and concerns locally and globally.
This experience will focus on the issues facing LGTBQ+ youth. Four in ten teens that identify as LGBTQ+ say that their community is not accepting of LGBTQ+ people. During the experience, we will be educating communities and assisting youth that identify as LGBTQ+ with problems such as homelessness, poverty, and depression.