Reclaiming Regional Renewal in Metro Detroit

Goal: $ 2000

No of Donation: 13

 

 

Goal: $ 2000
Amount Raised: $ 3700
Remaining : $
No of Donation : 13
Category : Education
Url : http://www.alternativebreaks.org
Contact Number : 8009030646
Address : 2451 Cumberland Parkway
State : Atlanta
City : Georgia
Country : US
Zipcode : 30339

Challenge

The Detroit metro area is rich with social justice history and opportunity, providing a unique space for learning through meaningful service. Detroit and its suburbs share a past of racial and socioeconomic segregation, influencing policies and affecting the various communities in the area. Several grassroots organizations are working to creating coalitions for change across difference and have initiated a number of programs and policies to address various social issues - we'll support this.

Solution

Break Away's mission is to train, assist, and connect campuses and communities in promoting quality alternative break programs that inspire lifelong active citizenship. Break Away's vision is a society of active citizens: people who value the community as a priority when making life decisions.
The ages of 18-25 are the lowest in volunteering. Yet, campus based alternative break programs continue to grow in participation numbers and in community impact. During the summer, Break Away trains the campus leadership of 100+ AB programs in a week-long experiential conference called the ABCs. Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti also is home to a pilot Active Citizen City, which is organizing alternative break alumni in the area to work on local issues. These two groups will work together during the week.

Long-Term Impact

The ABCs will be utilized to develop the partnership between Break Away chapter schools and community-based organizations. Working in Detroit will be an endeavor of meeting with community members, non-profits, lawmakers and advocacy organizations, as a way of entering a community respectfully and with invitation in order to obtain commitment to a long-term partnership welcoming of breakers. We will work with Detroiters differently than the trend of well-meaning outsiders who come to "fix" it.

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