January 13-17, 2013
Students: Dewight Carruth, Daniel Heckman, Kevin Hughes, Ashley Kiani, Virginia Licona, Jasmine Richardson, Emma Selsky, Kamilah Wakil, Joel Youmans, and Margaret Zimmermann
Advisors: Rick Leith and Juliette Ludeker
For one of the Center for Service Learning's 2013 Alternative Winter Break trips, students traveled to New York City to work on the issues of hunger and homelessness. The trip kicked off with a visit to the newly opened September 11th memorial, where the group took a tour. On Monday morning, they began their service with Youth Services Opportunities Project (YSOP). While working with YSOP, the group volunteered at a different soup kitchen, food pantry, or homeless shelter throughout the city each day. They served meals and gave numerous bags of food to people in need. Collectively, over 2,700 people were served. On Tuesday night, the group had dinner with members of the homeless community and were able to hear their stories.
In addition to their service with YSOP, the group enjoyed meeting and practicing with the New York City Street Soccer team, one of sixteen U.S. teams that use soccer to empower homeless individuals to achieve their goals in life.
The 2013 Winter Break trip to New York City was a wonderful experience. Our thanks to the dedicated students and advisors who participated!