Alternative Spring Break provides students with many opportunities to participate in fun community service events throughout the Boston area. For students wishing to serve communities further afield, we partner with Habitat for Humanity to offer travel opportunities.
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ASB: Simmons Builds travels within the United States during our spring break to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. For the past four years, the trip has been entirely student run and completely fundraised by students. To make the trip accessible, members make a small deposit and the rest of the expenses (ranging from $5,000-$10,000 in past years) are fundraised by the group. Twice, we have been awarded the Alumnae Association Centennial Grant.
The group is made up of undergraduate students who go through a three part application process. Past trip destinations include Harrisburg, PA, St. Petersburg, FL, Hattiesburg, MS and Pittsburgh, PA. In the past 4 years, we have done the demolition, tearing our floor and removing beams, for restorations, done interior and exterior framing, raised roofs, secured beams, insulated walls, installed windows, completed drainage, constructed porches, used power tools, and met and bonded with 5 familes in 4 communities.
Simmons Builds changes the students who go on the trip, the families we work with, and the Simmons Community we return to.
Provides students with many opportunities to participate in fun community service events throughout the Boston area. Each year, the theme varies for the Boston Immersion program. In 2013, students focused on food justice, and the theme for 2014 will be Living Green in an Urban Setting, and will include speakers, community engagement, and site visits.
Graduate Alternative Spring Break Opportunities
Several community partners such as the Farragut School in Boston and the Harbor School in Dorchester offer alternative spring break opportunities in their Library programs. Previous Alternative Spring Breaks have placed students in the Mission Hill School Library where they spent time cataloging, cleaning, sorting, and repairing books over a period of three days. Working closely with library staff, these students made a tremendous long lasting impact at the Mission Hill School in a very short time.
Jumpstart is a non-profit organization that is working towards the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart's goal as an early childhood education program is to enhance children's development of language, literacy, social, and initiative skills by capitalizing on positive Corps member-child interactions and Corps member-family interactions. Corps members work on a team of 6-8 college students to implement a supplementary early childhood curriculum that includes such elements as reading in small groups (1 Corps member to 3 children), singing songs, playing word games, and engaging in projects and explorations tied to a larger theme. Comprehensive training and coaching throughout a Corps member's term of service increases Corps members' ability to work effectively with children and supports the development of leadership skills. Jumpstart currently partners with over 60 colleges and universities nation-wide and Jumpstart at Simmons College with Colleges of the Fenway partners with three preschools in Jamaica Plain.
Join Jumpstart today! As a Corps member, you will be a positive force in your community and impact the lives of young children. To apply online click here.
Questions? Contact our Jumpstart Site Manager, Dara Starkman, at 617-521-2229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.