Alternative Spring Break takes on the Big Apple

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Photographs courtesy of Tiffany Chin

Alternative Spring Break members pose for photo

Jessica Bayer, Assistant Editor for Features

For its ninth year in action, Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is set to travel to New York City in order to help the hungry and homeless.

According to ASB’s webpage, the exact location and service projects vary each year. For example, the group has traveled to Washington D.C., New Orleans, Memphis, and Everglades National Park.

Brittani Provost, president of the ASB Executive Board, stated that “this year will be different since this is the first year [the group will be taking] on a big city like New York.”

ASB will be working with the Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP), which is an organization that helps coordinate service projects such as this. ASB worked with YSOP two years ago when they were in D.C. doing similar work.

“This year, we will be focusing on hunger and homelessness-related issues during our service in NYC,” said Provost. “We will participate in a community dinner for those in need as well as other projects such as food banks, shelters, soup kitchens, etc.”

The group is scheduled to leave campus on March 13 and return on the 19th. Monday-Thursday are set to be service days, while Friday will be a free day for individuals to explore the city.

“I think that this is a good opportunity because students will have the opportunity to understand an issue (poverty) in a city and culture they might not be familiar with,” said Provost.

“They will get the opportunity to have experiences with homeless populations in New York and gain an understanding of why these people are in need and what being in poverty looks like in New York City.”

“Additionally, ASB seeks to foster relationships among UIS students. […] It also goes without saying that this is a great opportunity for students to get to experience New York City, in a completely different way,” she added.

Currently, there are 25 individuals registered for the trip. The group hopes to have around 28 in total.

If you are interested in participating in ASB or have any further questions, please contact [email protected]