Spring Break will be more than a change of scenery for some 35 Bryan students and their faculty/staff mentors as they trade in books and classes for teaching English, serving meals to homeless individuals, or loving children in an after-school program.
Five Break for Change teams will travel Friday, March 9, to Sunday, March 17, to San Diego, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; Opelousas, La.; Detroit, Mich.; and Atlanta, Ga., “to provide extra hands for our partner organizations,” according to Heather McIntyre, a student intern in the department of faith and mission who is helping coordinate the project.
New this year is the partnership with Street Grace in Atlanta, an organization combating sexual exploitation of children. “We have a lot of students who are specifically interested in human trafficking, and Atlanta is known as a hub of human trafficking in the United States.” Heather said. “We wanted to give students the opportunity to learn what goes on in that area.”
The Nashville and Detroit teams will work with immigrants to the United States teaching English. In Opelousas, the main focus will be an after-school program for youth. San Diego’s team will work with City of Refuge, a ministry addressing needs of homeless individuals.
For each of the teams, “Tasks may change from day to day,” Heather said. “They could be hanging sheetrock, teaching English, or serving soup to homeless people. They need to be willing to do things they had not signed up for.”
In short, “They are learning service by serving,” said Eric McEachron, assistant director of faith and mission.