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I invite you to help us learn firsthand about one of the most pressing issues facing America today.

I believe that it is only through appreciating each others’ differences that we can find our fundamental similarities, the things that (to paraphrase the poet Elizabeth Bishop) hold us all together and make us all one. The Alternative Spring Break Border Immersion Experience in El Paso is a fantastic opportunity to learn about immigration through firsthand experience, help people struggling through poverty or violence, and engage compassionately with the world around us. Your support for this project is one more step toward building a better future for communities in need.

Your compassion counts. Thank you for your support.

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This campaign ended on Friday, Mar. 13, 2015

WHAT WE'RE DOING

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a year-long leadership and community engagement program that culminates in a week-long service immersion experience during spring break week. ASB helps students develop opportunities to learn about and from communities as they learn about their own potential to contribute to community-based efforts.

Emerson College's ASB program began as a student leadership initiative in 1998 when six students and two faculty members spent spring break doing environmental volunteer work in Virginia. Over the years, this student leadership program has blossomed into a popular initiative. ASB is an opportunity for students to develop programs to learn about and from communities as they discover their own potential to contribute to community-based efforts.

ASB originated as a one-week program counter to "traditional" spring break trips to foster civic engagement and educate students on issues of communities that are not their own. Today, ASB is not just a week, it's a way.



WHERE WE'RE GOING

The El Paso ASB program offers students the opportunity to better understand the issue of immigration in US border communities. ASB participants served with this community in 2013, and participants this year will continue to strengthen Emerson's partnerships with various community organizations. Through hands-on service and by engaging with community members, participants will learn about the issues of economic development, food justice, health, and human rights at the border. Through this Border Immersion Experience, students will develop the knowledge and consciousness to make a positive impact in their own community upon their return.



WHY IT'S IMPORTANT

Immigration is currently one of the country's most pressing issues. Immigration is more than just politics and statistics, it's a human rights issue that is interconnected with every citizen. This country was founded on immigrants. We are all immigrants, and their stories are our stories.

Many of the privileges we have are direct results of the hands of humans just entering the United States community. One out of 28 Americans are undocumented. Someone you know, a friend, a family member, a coworker may be undocumented, but too afraid to tell you for fear of deportation or inhumane consequences.

 


WHY ASB?

The program emphasizes Emerson's core values of moral courage, celebration of diversity of thought and people, and commitment to ethical engagement, collaboration, and meaningful interaction with local and national communities. 
We are seeking the truths that lie within our political system and country. Through this experience, we will learn what is true and what is happening on the ground - and more importantly, the power we have to change things for the better.






Ready for Takeoff!  

  Published on Sunday, Mar. 8, 2015 at 01:40 PM (EST)
We are packed and in the terminal, excited to finally undertake the journey we've been preparing so long for!

Thank you again to all of you, who have made this dream a reality for us. We want to keep you updated every step of the way - starting with our first step!

One way to keep track is to look for updates in this section of our campaign page. Another way is to follow our facebook page - check out the link here! You can spy a picture of us, bags packed, tickets in hand, ready to board! 

Alternative Spring Break on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmersonASB 


 



We Reached Our Primary Goal! Thank You! 

  Published on Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2015 at 04:58 PM (EST)
Thank you ALL for your support! We are so thrilled to announce that we have reached our USEED goal!

Our campaign closed yesterday, with flying colors. We were able to raise $6,060, which will allow us to do almost everything in our chock-full itinerary! We’ve learned that it takes a community to be able to affect another community - and we thank you for being our community. We cannot wait to grow as advocates of immigration, and to help in giving voices to those who are not typically heard.

We are still accepting donations - the total amount we need to raise is $8,500, and we are getting very close to that final goal! 

After the campaign closes, if you still wish to donate, you can send a check or money order payable to "Emerson College" to:

Ashley Tarbet
Alternative Spring Break – Emerson College
120 Boylston St, 10th floor
Boston, MA 02116

You can write “Alternative Spring Break” on the memo line.

We believe that immigrant rights are humans rights, and now we will be able to take the next step forward in fighting for this cause.

Thank you all - this would not be possible without you.

Last Chance to Support Our Campaign! 

  Published on Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2015 at 08:21 PM (EST)
We are in the final hours of our campaign to raise the funds needed to cover essential expenses for our Alternative Spring Break program in El Paso, Texas next week!

Although we have met our initial goal of $6,000 we still need your help to meet our reach goal of raising $8,500 to cover all costs associated with our program for 12 participants. That means that your dollars still count!

Please continue to spread the word about our campaign to your family, friends, and followers. Donations can be made until 11:59pm tonight.

Thank you ALL for your support!


ASB El Paso 2013 - photo courtesy of Suzanne Hinton


ASB Waveland, MS 2008 - photo courtesy of Sasha Brown

17 HOURS LEFT! 

  Published on Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2015 at 01:19 PM (EST)
This is the LAST DAY to donate online! Although we are working to raise $6,000 in our online campaign, we are actually working to raise close to $12,000 altogether. Even after we've hit our goal here, we still have more to raise and every dollar donated past our goal will still help us pay for the bare necessities for a week of service in El Paso! 

After the campaign closes, if you still wish to donate, you can send a check or money order payable to "Emerson College" to:

Ashley Tarbet
Alternative Spring Break – Emerson College
120 Boylston St, 10th floor
Boston, MA 02116

You can write “Alternative Spring Break” on the memo line.

Our itineraries are printed, are bags are almost packed - now we just need your help to earn the final dollars! Please, consider making a donation, or even spreading the word by sharing our campaign with others. We are in a crucial part of our campaign where every dollar and every second matters. Thank you all so much for your support - we wouldn't be able to even dream of serving in El Paso without you.



ASB El Paso 2013 - photo courtesy of Suzanne Hinton


3 Days Left! 

  Published on Monday, Mar. 2, 2015 at 01:24 AM (EST)
We’re only three days away from the finish line! We still need to raise 6% of our goal, which will give us the final push needed to get to El Paso. We’re so close to our goal - and with a little help will be able to learn more about how the stories of immigrants are the stories of all of us.


Please, in these final days, consider making a donation or sharing our story with your friends. Visit our page to learn more. Thank you all for your continual support - it means the world to us.


ASB El Paso 2013 - photo courtesy of Suzanne Hinton

Only One Week Left! 

  Published on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at 05:34 PM (EST)
We have just wrapped up our second week of crowdfunding for ASB’s trip to El Paso. We’re excited to say that with your incredible support, we have raised $4,745, or 79% of our goal!

Thanks to you, we are so much closer to traveling to El Paso and helping to show the immigrant community that they are seen, that we care, and that they are humans that matter. While those words are small, the impact is invaluable. So, thank you.

Please, take a moment to review our about section and learn more about our mission - there is just one week left to donate!


ASB El Paso 2013 - photo courtesy of Suzanne Hinton

We've Reached 47% Of Our Goal! 

  Published on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 at 12:35 PM (EST)
We are so grateful and happy to announce we've reached 40% of our goal! This brings us such a long way towards traveling to El Paso, and all your support means the world to us. With this money we will be able to buy some of our round-trip flights, our lodging at a local community center, and funding travel to activities such as serving lunch to youths at the Southwest Key Detention Center. 


Thank you all for your continuous support, and please, continue to spread the word! We still have impact items we need to raise money for,  including the rest of the round-trip tickets we will need to get our team to and from Texas!


ASB El Paso 2013 - photo courtesy of Suzanne Hinton

Our Campaign Has Launched! 

  Published on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 at 07:04 PM (EST)
Day one of our campaign!

Here at ASB, we believe that immigrants rights are human rights. The money we are raising will fund our trip to and from El Paso, where we will get to know the hot U.S topic of immigration by face and name and story, and not just by statistical number. We will be able to arm ourselves with a wealth of information and stories that will help us spread the El Paso community’s story back to our own college town of Boston.


Our goal of $6000 will get us the plane tickets, gasoline, food, and lodging that we need to volunteer and learn for a week in El Paso. Please take a moment to watch our video above. And please, consider making a donation or sharing our campaign with your friends and family. Every dollar and share counts. Thank you.


ASB El Paso 2013 - photo courtesy of Suzanne Hinton


ASB El Paso 2013 - photo courtesy of Suzanne Hinton


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Make an Impact

Seeker

Give $10

A gift of this amount pays for a healthy meal for one ASB participant so that they will have the energy to engage in service and learning all day.

Storyteller

Give $25

A gift of this amount pays for an educational activity for one participant to learn about and better understand issues facing the El Paso community, and how we can take action to create change when we return to Boston.

Groundbreaker

Give $50

A gift of this amount pays for five students to cook, serve, and eat a meal with community members staying in a local shelter that will share their stories of how and why they crossed the border.

Pathfinder

Give $75

A gift of this amount pays for one day of van rental that will allow the group to travel between service sites throughout the day.

Trailblazer

Give $100

A gift of this amount fills our gas tank for the week so the group can travel throughout and engage with as much of the El Paso community as possible.

Samaritan

Give $200

A gift of this amount pays for lodging for half of our group at the local community center, ensuring that participants experience El Paso as close as possible to the perspective of the community members we serve.

Vanguard

Give $500

A gift of this amount sponsors youth engagement activities throughout the week, including van rental and travel between service sites, serving lunch to youth at the Southwest Key Detention Center while we listen to their stories of border crossing, and assisting immigrant teens in adding books to their library, which will help them attain their dreams of higher education.

Dream Maker

Give $800

A gift of this amount pays for a full round trip flight for one student to participate in a life-changing Border Immersion Experience in El Paso, TX and return home to create change in the Boston community.