Alternative Spring Break 2016

Alternative Spring Break 2016

Each year, up to 16 students from Pace University’s New York City and Pleasantville campuses are selected to participate in the annual Alternative Spring Break program with a focus on a specific issue. This year’s ASB will be a continuation of the past two years, with volunteers working on post-disaster recovery to help fellow New Yorkers who are still struggling to rebuild after the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy.

Why Sandy?

New York City still hasn’t fully recovered from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Many families are still struggling to recover, and communities like the Rockaways are still rebuilding. Here is an overview of the impact of Hurricane Sandy in numbers:

  • 10986881_10153187084830606_8973285050474219953_n366,000 structures were damaged in New York City
  • 1,514,147 in New York had lost power
  • In June 2014, over 15,000 New Yorkers were still living in damaged houses or paying rent on top of a mortgage as they waited for rebuilding help.
  • More than three years after Sandy, Friends of Rockaway reports that 100 of New York’s most vulnerable families remain on their waiting list for aid.

What’s Alternative Spring Break?

11084308_10153187086380606_4177208872017745562_nAlternative Spring Break is a unique opportunity for students who want to contribute their time toward helping impacted families. ASB does more than expose participants to volunteerism; students also learn about the core components of the issues through educational means such as panel discussions, hearing from activists/speakers, watching documentaries, and taking part in interactive simulations.

Alternative Spring Break allows students to critically think about the issue in hand and witness the challenges that are being faced by the affected community members. Afterward, students take their ASB experience and further disseminate the information by sharing their knowledge with classmates, professors, friends and family members.

You become part of something larger than yourself and something like putting down a floor or putting up a wall becomes more than construction; it becomes something to truly be proud of. Charles Rehberger, ASB ’14

Still not convinced that Alternative Spring Break is for you? Read blog posts from past ASB participants to learn more about their experiences!

He does not expect a thank you, nor do we, but this highlighted the idea [that] “actions speak louder than words.” Many times we can show someone we care by physically demonstrating it instead of using our words. I think that this trip epitomizes this quote because everyone whom I have interacted with continuously works with passion, generosity, and kindness. – Paola Perez, ASB ’15

Info Session Details:

In order to take part in ASB, all interested students must attend one of our mandatory information sessions. We will be going over the application procedure in detail.

Date: Thursday, February 4th / Wednesday, February 10th
Time: 3:25PM-4:30PM / 12:10PM-1:10PM
Location: E319 (NYC) / Miller 16 (PLV)
RSVP: Email or with your name, email, and the date of the session you are interested in attending. RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary.

Any questions can be directed to (NYC) or (PLV).