Alternative Spring Break Groups Mentor WINGS kids

Posted by 47f on February 18, 2015 · Flag

Hundreds of colleges and universities have service organizations that offer students numerous ways to give back, including alternative breaks trips. An alternative break is a trip where a group of college students (usually 10-15 per trip) forgo the typical party-filled getaways over spring break and instead travel for meaningful volunteer service, typically for a week. WINGS for kids hosted Northwestern University, University of Missouri, University of Kansas, and Oakland University visit recently. Since the start of the school year, these groups have helped with service projects as well as one-on-one mentoring.

Just last month, the University of Missouri brought 12 students to volunteer at our Memminger Elementary after school program. They not only worked with our kids, but also helped out on MLK Service Day by cleaning up the surrounding neighborhoods. Usually these groups focus on a specific social issue during their visit. For example, many groups are geared towards addressing children living in poverty, so they may give their time to the Lowcountry Food Bank in the morning, and then spend the afternoon helping out our WINGS kids. This year, over 100 students from 15 colleges will mentor our kids and show them a different slice of life; opening their eyes to what a college education can offer and creating lasting friendships that forever shape the college student and the child.  

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