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Alternative Break 2017-18 Site Leader Application

ALTERNATIVE BREAK PROGRAM

Site Leader Application

Alternative Breaks

EKU’s Alternative Break program program offers opportunities for students to engage in diverse communities through education and service, providing a quality community-based transformational learning opportunity.  Each Team consists of a student site leader, a faculty staff learning partner, and ten participants.  During the trips students participate in community service, educational opportunities, daily reflections, leadership development, and evening debriefs. Each trip team will engage in pre-trip education, preparation, fundraising, reorientation, and post-trip reflection to ensure a successful and meaningful trip for all stakeholders.

Site Leaders

Site Leaders are student leaders who are at the core of the Alternative Break Program program. Site Leaders work to facilitate participants through the group process, create safe spaces for learning and reflection, encourage and foster full participation.

The qualifications to be a Site Leader are as follows:

  • Current good standing status as an enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at Eastern Kentucky University
  • Knowledge & passion for social issues and social change
  • Demonstrated leadership at Eastern Kentucky University or in their community
  • Self-motivation & organizational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to lead a group of peers by creating a comfortable, safe, and inclusive environment

Expectations

Site Leaders have many responsibilities beyond their peers as trip participants. The Site Leader role is a yearlong commitment from October through April (on Spring Break Trips, other trip timelines may very). Alternative Break Site Leaders will:

  • Participate in Site Leader meetings/training with Dylan Bogard, Coordinator of Community Service ( Twice in the Fall, Weekly for the 6 weeks prior to their trip)
  • Participate in Trip Leadership meetings with Faculty/Staff Partner
  • Participate in recruitment and selection of trip participants, including either helping with presentations or tabling events
  • Plan, and facilitate 5 pre-trip group meetings for participants
  • Plan and facilitate a pre-trip community service project for the specific trip team
  • Develop a trip portfolio for the trip, including trip work plans, community impact assessment, learning outcome assessment, and visual media collection (We will train you to do this at the fall retreat)
  • Host a reorientation event for participants following the trip

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