IMPACT Service Breaks

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What is IMPACT?

The mission of the IMPACT program is to engage University of Georgia students in an affordable, week-long, substance-free, experiential service learning project that encourages an understanding of pressing social issues in a significant way. It is the goal of the organization to address community needs through direct and indirect service as well as provide students the knowledge of social issues in our own country. By providing new perspectives and hearing the stories of others, participants gain invaluable experiences that bring us together.

IMPACT, formerly Alternative Spring Break (ASB), began at UGA in 1994 with a group of students interested in spending the week of spring break engaged in community service as opposed to the more traditional past-times of college spring break. Since the beginning of the program, over 3,000 UGA students have participated in our service break trips and traveled across the United States to participate in meaningful service projects that benefit the communities in which they work. Each year the program continues to grow in size and popularity.

As a result of participating on an IMPACT trip, students will be able to:

  1. Articulate a service perspective that addresses the roles of reflection, dialogue, education, and indirect service 
  2. Identify connections between their social identities, their service experience, and underlying social issues

As a result of leading an IMPACT trip, student Site Leaders will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of power, privilege, and oppression connected to a service-learning context
  2. Demonstrate awareness of one’s social location (i.e., positionality and intersection of social identities)
  3. Articulate how race, class, and gender intersect with one’s respective trip focus
  4. Demonstrate leadership ability through leading dialogues with peers about social issues, planning a service-learning trip, and applying risk management protocol 

Participate in an IMPACT LOCAL Trip!

Over the 2021 Spring Semester, IMPACT Service Breaks will be launching its inaugural initiative: IMPACT LOCAL. This initiative will provide 15 free Athens-based weekend trips centered on socially-distant community service and social awareness education. Completion of two trips will provide you with Experiential Learning Credit, a requirement for graduation at UGA. There are limited spots available, so be sure to apply now! If you are interested in learning about the topics and dates for our local trips, as well as submitting an application to be a participant, please visit tinyurl.com/IMPACTUGA. For general information about IMPACT, visit impactuga.com.

FAQ

More information on updated student contacts and application process to come. 

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A student planting flowers on the side of a highway during the MLK day of Service.
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Contacts

Sammie Smith, Executive Coordinator (impactuga.ec@gmail.com)

Sarah Quayle, Participant Coordinator (impactuga.pc@gmail.com)

Sarah Vidyasagar, Logistics Coordinator
(impactuga.lc@gmail.com)

Matt McFadden, Community Outreach Coordinator (impactuga.coc@gmail.com)

Sophia Trentacosta, Site Leader Coordinator (impactuga.slc@gmail.com)

Anmol Patel, Marketing Coordinator (impactuga.mc@gmail.com)