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Spring Break Domestic Programs: Special Interest
Speak Up, Speak Out
For a week of advocacy and service, Speak Up, Speak Out will be working alongside various non-profit organizations working towards equity and equality for LGBTQIA+ persons. During this week, we will serve alongside organizations like the Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, The Trevor Project, SMYAL, and more, seeking to advocate and better serve the LGBTQIA+ community. This program will focus on education and understanding the history of LGBTQIA+ community, at risk LGBTQIA+ youth, legislation concerning LGBTQIA+ rights and access. We will have a chance to do hands on service for communities, lobby with representatives about legislation affecting rights, and become more educated on how to best advocate for and serve our communities.
Peer Leaders: Madison Armstrong & Macy Maddy
A New Hope
This is an opportunity to learn about and experience the issues that confront people with disabilities for an entire week. We will be exploring the spheres that affect their daily life, as well as gaining some hands-on experience by working alongside Hope Springs Farm. This farm is a place where people with disabilities can grow, achieve their goals, and obtain valuable skills in a safe and rewarding environment.
Peer Leaders: Alli Lobach & Hogan Malek
Fighting the Stigma
With approximately 50,000 new cases of HIV each year and 1 in 8 people suffering from food insecurity in the United States, it’s time we start talking. Join our program as we educate ourselves on HIV/AIDs, the stigma around it, resource disparities and their intersectionalities. We will be learning alongside Jerusalem House, a permanent housing facility for individuals living with HIV/AIDs, and Open Hand, an organization that provides nutritional care and education to help combat chronic diseases and improve the quality of life for individuals. We are excited for a week of immersion into action, advocacy, and education!
Peer Leaders: Omiah Mitchell & Caroline Pruitt
Work alongside Murphy-Harpst, an independent not-for-profit organization committed to meeting the needs of abused and neglected young people through residential treatment, placements in specialized foster care, and community programs that serve at-risk youth and their families. They're committed to servicing all children regardless of sex, race, color, or creed, and whose needs can be addressed and treated within the scope of program services.
Peer Leaders: Zalaya Hinton & Gin Martineau
Learn and serve at Camp Evergreen, a non-profit, family camp that provides deserving children with a wilderness camp experience in the great outdoors. Actively participate in indirect service in hopes to create a better environment for children, teens, and camp staff. If you like summer camp, this program is for you!
Peer Leaders: Anastasia Austin & Caro Comer
Work with Camp Twin Lakes, a summer camp setting that provides unique experiences for children with disabilities. Each week, different groups of children who identify with a different disability are provided the opportunity to have the quintessential camp experience. Work alongside adults with autism, sharing in an opportunity to participate and support in fun activities, while enjoying quality time together in an accepting and welcoming environment.
Peer Leaders: Michala Penninger & Kamryn Mills
Solar & Sustainable Agriculture
Come join us as we learn about renewable energy in NC and how technologies can be implemented in different settings, including at a SHEEP FARM! Montgomery Sheep farm is powered by a 200kW photovoltaic display, has 40 kW of battery storage and is on an energy independent micro-grid. Montgomery Sheep Farm is partnered with Sun Raised Farms to manage a herd of over 500 sheep. These sheep maintain the grass and vegetation surrounding the solar panels and provide sustainably-sourced animal products to the local market. We will be working with projects on the farm, partnering with community entities to promote renewables, and will be learning more about the agricultural community.
Peer Leaders: Abigail Burchard & Michael Joseph