$7,896.00

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This campaign ended on Friday, Mar. 3, 2017



Our Program

For the 14th time since 1998, Emerson College’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program is bringing students together to realize their potential for civic engagement and civic action. What started as a week of immersive service is now also a yearlong leadership development and community engagement program led by students and staff advisers. This March, ASB participants will return to El Paso, Texas on the Juárez, Mexico border where previous ASB teams have formed strong bonds in the local community.


Some past ASB projects include:

  • Restoring oceanic habitats in Niceville, Florida following the BP oil spill
  • Maintaining grounds of Joshua Tree National Park in Joshua Tree, California
  • Participating in a female youth empowerment project with the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota




Our Plan

For the fourth year, our team will travel to the El Paso/Juárez border for spring break week. Our immersion program will focus on understanding the unique intersection of issues faced by border communities, including immigration policy, education, labor rights, and food justice. While in El Paso, we will engage with organizations working to address the short-term effects and underlying root causes of these issues. Some of this work includes hosting community-building events, maintaining a community garden working towards food sovereignty, preparing rooms at shelters for families transitioning out of detention, and providing meals and services to migrant farmworkers with few labor protections.


Our journey does not end after our week in El Paso. Upon our return to Boston, we reflect on our new knowledge and how to share it with the Emerson community. We engage the Emerson community in conversations about our time in El Paso, the people we meet there, and their stories of strength and resilience. This step is critical in order to continue building bridges between people, cultures, and our shared humanity.




Investing In Our Team

We need your help to accomplish our team's mission. Our total program cost this year is $14,740, and we hope to raise as much as $7,500 through this campaign. Funds raised will cover our team's transportation, food, and lodging costs. Your support is also an investment in the learning, growth, and development in each of us as students and engaged citizens.



USEED Goal: $4,500 --> REACHED!

USEED Reach Goal: $7,500

Overal Program Cost: $11,340


Help us build knowledge and bridges by supporting our campaign today. Whether you can sponsor a meal or a plane ticket, your support will help our team reach our goal. Thank you!



Alternative Spring Break is a program of the Office of Academic Engagement and Community Action at Emerson College.

Increíblemente cerca, pero extramádamente inspirante

  Published on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 at 02:01 AM (EST)

INCREDIBLY CLOSE, BUT EXTREMELY INSPIRING

Hola! This is one of our final updates as we prepare to journey to El Paso, Texas in just one week, yes that's true we are heading to Texas NEXT SATURDAY! I understand I am speaking in the future tense, under the impression that we will accomplish our reach goal, which I am most certain we will. I cannot emphasize how much you guys have not only changed my perception of what activism is, but have also made the way for my team to really make a difference. Before joining this project and dedicating myself to the experience that is Alternative Spring Break, I was hesitant about what such a program would encompass, despite my having participated in a similar experience. Your donations hold so much more than just financial support, they allow us to dream. I think I speak for my team when I say that your donations have enabled us. Through your financial support you're offering us a chance to educate, to immerse, to understand, to address, to feel, but most importantly to change. Your support is going to give us the chance to make a difference, and believe it or not, the movement towards change starts here. It starts with you, and your enabling support, and it will continue with us, we will pass it on to our communities and we will hope that it ends on positive note, one that identifies all the aspects of immigration in order to be the change we seek. 

WE ARE 93% OF THE WAY THERE, WE HAVE MADE $6,976.00 OF OUR $7,500.00 GOAL. THERE ARE 5 DAYS LEFT TO RAISE WHAT WE NEED, HELP US FINISH STRONG!!!! 

We are happy to report that our silent auction was a tremendous success, as we were able to raise $1,348.00, HOW AMAZING IS THAT? THANK YOU ALL for your support! 

And as we move forward in our campaign, it’s important to understand how the current U.S. administration affects the day-to-day lives of immigrants. This year, there have been a number of cases of people who were considered low priority for deportation under Obama’s administration being seen as threats to national security to the Trump’s administration. This week for example, the White House has taken measures to greatly expand the authority of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security). Under these measures, undocumented persons can be deported under what’s considered minor offenses, such as a traffic violation. An undocumented person can also be deported if they are suspected of having committed a crime or they cannot prove that they’ve lived in the U.S. for over two years.  These measures are projected to increase the number of deportations of undocumented immigrants. We mention this not to end in a low note, but to elevate the importance of this issue and to highlight that activism and community outreach is of fundamental importance in this moment.


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Supporting our campaign at the Cocinero level provides one meal to a team member, helping to keep us energized for our long days of work.

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Supporting our campaign at the Maestro level provides one team member access to educational programs in El Paso that will foster a better understanding of community challenges and their root causes.

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Supporting our team at the Huésped level covers one night of housing for the entire team at the local community center, immersing us deeper within the community in El Paso.

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Supporting us at the Cosechero level transports our team's gear along with clothing donations collected for our community partners in El Paso.

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Your generous support at the Patrocinador level sponsors roundtrip airfare for one student to participate in this impactful experience.