, major from , , is spending spring break lending a hand to a good cause. As a member of the 10-student team from Saginaw Valley State University, will travel to Morehead City, N.C. to work with the Carteret County Domestic Violence Program to help victims of domestic violence. The group departs Sunday, March 3, and returns Saturday, March 9.
The trip is part of SVSU's Alternative Breaks program, a drug- and alcohol-free student-led organization that sends participants on weeklong service trips during winter and spring breaks. The program is a chapter of the national organization Break Away, a nonprofit program whose educational philosophy asks participants to examine causes for a social problem as well as their personal roles perpetuating it. From SVSU, three other trips will depart, with projects in Atlanta, Ga., Hinesville, Ga., and Newark, N.J.
Within Alternative Breaks, teams raise money to cover traveling costs, teach the community about their social issue and learn more about it themselves as they prepare for their trip. Then, in the weeks after their service, students devote time to the social issue in their own community, as part of the organization's mission to enable its members as active global citizens.