Howard University > Alternative Spring Break 2012
HU Students Forgo Spring Break to Better Lives in Chicago

WASHINGTON – Howard University students are once again returning to Chicago for Alternative Spring Break to take on the issues of gun violence and HIV/AIDS awareness. The Chicago group will work on education, advocacy and creative expression.

One group of students will be working at Perspectives High School of Technology and TEAM Englewood Academy High School. In a series of seminars, workshops, group discussions and mentoring sessions, they will hammer home the message of how to resolve conflicts without the use of violence.   The city’s public schools have been plagued by student violence.

Another group will be working with the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and the Faith and Community center at St. Sabina Catholic Church. They hope to reduce gun violence in Chicago by petitioning, picketing, canvassing, and protesting to change the city and state’s laws to limit access to handguns and assault weapons.

A third group will work with students through art, music and writing to discuss self-appreciation, self-love and self-image.   The students will also help in a beautification project in St. Sabina to renovate a memorial dedicated to children lost to gun violence.

Additionally, students will participate in panel discussions and workshops with organizations called Purpose Over Pain and Parents of Murdered Children. Purpose Over Pain is an organization dedicated to help parents with financial difficulty to bury their children. 
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