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Alternative Alternative Spring Breaks

Civic Engagement: Voting on College Campuses

February - March 2021
Team Meeting Times: Mondays 2-3:30pm & Thursdays 6:30-8pm

From February 22 - March 26, alternative breakers will collaborate virtually with one another and with community partners, including the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, the Williamsburg League of Women Voters, and the William & Mary Voter Engagement Action Committee to learn about a variety of topics surrounding civic engagement, specifically voter engagement and participation on college campuses. Participants should plan to meet with their group each week from 2:00-3:30pm on Mondays and from 6:30-8:00pm on Thursdays.

During the weeks of February 22 and March 1, participants will collaborate with educational partners to further their knowledge and reflect on the many impacts of varying levels of civic engagement within William & Mary’s community and our broader society. This educational process will cultivate a deeper understanding of democratic and civic engagement, while assisting participants in taking action.

During the weeks of March 8, 15, and 22, teams will work closely with a team from the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge to develop resources for college campuses participating in the Challenge. This will include utilizing graphic design platforms similar to Canva (though no graphic design experience is required - just a willingness to learn!). Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss the importance of civic engagement with a variety of community members, potentially even participating in focus groups with the ALL IN Challenge. 

As the alternative alternative break experience ends, teams will continue learning and taking action to positively impact their own communities (both at William & Mary and at home) through reorientation activities. 

Domestic Violence & Sex Trafficking: Prevention & Supporting Survivors

February - March 2021
Team Meeting Times: Wednesdays-3:30-5pm & Sundays 2-3:30pm

From February 22 - March 26, alternative breakers will collaborate virtually with one another and with community partners, including Willow Center in NY and the Avalon Center for Women and Children in VA, with a focus on issues surrounding domestic violence and sex trafficking. Participants should plan to meet with their group each week from 3:30-5:00pm on Wednesdays and from 2:00-3:30pm on Sundays.

During the weeks of February 22 and March 1, participants will further their knowledge and reflect on the impact of domestic violence and sex trafficking within William & Mary’s community and our broader society. This educational process will cultivate a deeper understanding of the intersectionality of the topic, while assisting participants in taking action.

During the weeks of March 8, 15, and 22, participants will work closely with representatives from the Willow Center to support their work to prevent domestic violence and support survivors in their community. This will include analyzing data and developing resources for the organization. Participants will additionally support the Avalon Center in Williamsburg to develop a fundraiser for the organization.

As the alternative alternative break experience ends,  the team will continue learning and taking action to further positively impact their own communities (both at William & Mary and at home) through reorientation activities.
Mental Health: Support in Times of Societal Crisis

February - March 2021
Team Meeting Times: Mondays 3:30-5pm & Thursdays 5:30-7pm

From February 22 - March 26, alternative breakers will collaborate virtually with one another and with community partners, including Dorot in NYC, the Eastern Montana Community Mental Health Center in MT, and MindVersity, to educate themselves and others about the personal and psychological impacts of living through times of societal crisis. Participants should plan to meet with their group each week from 3:30-5:00pm on Mondays and 5:30-7:00pm on Thursdays.

During the weeks of February 22 and March 1, the team will collaborate with the Eastern Montana Mental Health Clinic to further their knowledge and reflect on the impact of societal crises on mental health within William & Mary’s community and our broader society. This educational process will cultivate a deeper understanding of the intersectionality of the topic, while assisting participants in taking action.  

During the weeks of March 8, 15, and 22, participants will work closely with representatives from Dorot to support the organization’s efforts to alleviate social isolation in the elderly community by creating and sending kindness cards. Participants will also work with MindVersity to support their mission for better BIPOC student mental health care. Finally, participants will collaborate with neurology professor, Dr. Bestman, in hosting William & Mary’s Brain Awareness Week. 

As the alternative alternative break experience ends, teams will continue learning and taking action to positively impact their own communities (both at William & Mary and at home) through reorientation activities.
Food Insecurity Resources & Awareness

February - March 2021
Team Meeting Times: Tuesdays 10-11:30am & Fridays 3:30-5pm

From February 22 - March 26, alternative breakers will collaborate virtually with one another and with community partners, including Manna in Colorado and Moveable Feast in Maryland, to educate themselves and others about the personal and societal impacts of living through food insecurity. Participants should plan to meet with their group each week from 10:00-11:30am on Tuesdays and 3:30-5:00pm on Fridays.

During the weeks of February 22 and March 1, the team will collaborate with Manna and Moveable Feast to further their knowledge and reflect on the impact of food insecurity within William & Mary’s community and our broader society. This educational process will cultivate a deeper understanding of the intersectionality of the topic, while assisting participants in taking action. 

During the weeks of March 8, 15, and 22, participants will work closely with representatives from Manna to support the organization’s work to raise awareness about SNAP resources for college students in need. Participants will also work with Moveable Feast to create “kindness cards” for those that use their services.

As the alternative alternative break experience ends, teams will continue learning and taking action to positively impact their own communities (both at William & Mary and at home) through reorientation activities.