DETROIT (March 13, 2013)- Howard University freshman Nia Cleage spent spring break in her hometown. But, during the week, Cleage never made it home to see family and relatives.
There was no home cooking or hanging out with high school buddies. She came home with a purpose - to serve by mentoring and tutoring in high schools, working at the local Salvation Army, and working with preschoolers at a local Head Start program.
“I would much rather use my time to give back to my community than do nothing,” she said.
Cleage was one of 50 Howard University students who gave up their spring break to spend a week helping others in Detroit as part of the university’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program.
As she rode on the charter bus passing through familiar Detroit streets with other student volunteers, Cleage reflected on her purpose for this week.
“We have driven by my house numerous times, but every time I leave a school in which we have served, I realize I don't need to go home,” she said. “I can go home anytime. But I will not always get the opportunity to work with kids and inspire them to reach beyond their situation.”