Alternative Spring Break (ASB) provides participants with the opportunity to engage with community members in rich and meaningful action and reflective dialogue around the issue of immigration. During spring break week, March 3-11, 2018, our team will connect with community members and organizations in the world’s largest border community: El Paso, Texas and its sister city, Ciudad Juárez. Through hands-on engagement with local organizers, including Veronica of Corazones Unidos, Edmundo and Ivet of Chamizal Project, Carlos of the Border Farmworkers Center (Sin Fronteras), and the women of the Centro Santa Catalina sewing cooperative, participants will learn about issues of education access, economic development, food justice, and human rights, how they intersect with immigration and justice in US border communities, and about the various collaborative community approaches to addressing these issues.
After spring break, we will return to Emerson and produce a showcase to share our experiences and engage in dialogue with the college’s community. Our team will also use the knowledge and leadership skills gained in El Paso to facilitate critical intervention in our own communities – Emerson, Boston, our hometowns. Alternative Spring Break isn’t just one week of work: it’s a transformative and life-changing experience.
In the first four years of the ASB El Paso program, our team has raised enough funds each year to cover all program costs for our participants, including transportation, food, and lodging. This year, we have received a generous sponsorship from the Elma Lewis Center to cover 65% of our total basic program costs.
This sponsorship provides an opportunity to have an even greater impact on our community partnerships. In addition to our basic program costs, our team aims to raise an additional $5,000 this year to cover supplies for all of our service projects and to compensate our community partners for their time spent working with our team so that they can continue their impactful community building programs and essential social services for community members.
We aim to raise a total of $9,000 this year to cover the expanded project costs and the remaining program costs after our sponsorship. We hope to raise at least $6,000 through this campaign, while also hosting fundraising events on and near our campus. Here is a breakdown of how these funds will be used:
➤Food for 12-14 people for 9 days = $3,800
➤Lodging for 14 people for 8 nights at Corazones Unidos = $800
➤Educational and Cultural Activities = $300
➤Service Project Supplies = $3,300
➤Fees for Tours and Presentations with Community Partners = $800
This year’s immersion program takes place from Saturday, March 3 - Sunday, March 11, 2018. In order to process all payments in time for our work in March, our goal is to complete our fundraising campaign by mid-February.
The ASB experience is a program many Emerson students find life-changing through their college years. With your support, our program will be affordable for students and have an even greater impact on the community. Even a donation of $5 dollars would be a step closer to our goal!
Ways you can support our team:
1. DONATE today using the link at the top of this page
2. SHARE our campaign on your social media