The Clayton State University Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Program is an opportunity for students to engage in community-based service projects for one week during the University’s designated spring break vacation.
This year, the Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Trip will take place from Mar. 4 to Mar. 9, at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Students will work with RE-MEMBER, a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the quality of reservation life of the Oglala Lakota Nation through relationships, shared resources and volunteer services. This program follows in the footsteps of the June 2011 immersion trip to the same reservation, led Associate Dean of the Clayton State University College of Health Dr. Sue Odom, along with Associate Professor Dr. Jennell Charles. That trip included five students from the Clayton State School of Nursing and included students participating in seminars led by members of the Lakota Tribe, making home visits with public health nurses, doing rotations in acute care and outpatient facilities, and participating in local field trips which included trips to the Badlands National Park, the Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, Wounded Knee, and Crazy Horse Memorial.
The Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Program will see Clayton State students participating in various work projects across the Reservation, including building bunk beds for children, installing “skirting” around mobile homes, outhouse construction and helping to build basic shelters. Additional information about Re-member can be found at www.re-member.org or their Facebook page ReMemberRez.
“These service trips allow students to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the issues affecting people across the world daily,” says LaShanda Hardin of the Clayton State Department of Campus Life. “Our goal is to have students come away from the experience with a deeper understanding of community service, social activism, cultural understanding and the desire create change both close to home and across the world.”
For more information, contact Hardin at (678) 466-5424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.