Sarah Elsey, a graduate student majoring in student affairs, has been the driving force behind the new Alternative spring break initiative, which was first suggested in the fall of 2011. Service-learning is an instructional strategy that combines meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enhance student learning, teach civic responsibility, broaden empathy and perspective taking, and strengthen communities. In service-learning, students use course content to study, examine and address real-life problems faced by fellow citizens in their local, regional or global communities.
Elsey comments, “Service-learning and civic engagement are passions of mine in student affairs, and both are main parts of this program,”
Last semester, the group traveled to Alamosa, Colo., and volunteered at the La Puente Home, a homeless resource center. Elsey’s first term in Americore had been served in Alamosa.
This spring, two groups will visit two different locations: Denver and Wyoming. Denver is an option for those who would like to help more locally, aiding non-profit organizations. Students who would like to get involved can contact Elsey on her office phone, 255-3701, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.