Alternative Spring Break Students Begin Service in 7 Cities and Haiti

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of Howard University students who skipped the beaches, parties, vacations and even trips home for spring break are embarking to seven U.S. cities and Haiti, where they will spend the week serving others.

This year during the week of March 10, more than 400 students will be working in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., and the communities of Croix des Bouquets and Petion Ville in Haiti.

They will be tackling a variety of concerns, from illiteracy to homelessness to gang violence to gun control to HIV/AIDS to lifting people from poverty.

The effort is part of the University’s award-winning Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program led by Executive Director Dr. Paula Whetsel-Ribeau. Since 2009, ASB has expanded to incorporate multiple cities. This year, the program added two new cities, Baltimore and Memphis, making it the largest number of cities served in the program’s 19-year history.

Volunteers provide more than 16,000 hours of service.

In the past, Howard University students tutored elementary school students in English and math, helped rebuild in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and helped establish a library for a public high school in Washington, D.C. ASB is coordinated through the Office of the Dean of the Chapel with significant institutional support from the Office of the President coupled with the help of generous donations from Howard alumni, students, staff, faculty and residents from Washington, Maryland and Virginia.


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