Alternative Spring Break program re-launches as IMPACT

Athens, Ga. – The Alternative Spring Break program at the University of Georgia is beginning its 2011-2012 planning by renaming the organization IMPACT.

The new name is designed to reflect the organization’s growth and the fact that its mission now extends beyond traditional spring break service trips. IMPACT plans to hold its inaugural winter break service trip December 15-22 with a focus on homelessness and poverty.

According to Sarah Wilcox, senior coordinator of the Center for Leadership & Service, the new name more accurately describes the organization’s broader mission.

“The student executive board decided on the name IMPACT because the organization continually strives to make positive impacts on its site leaders, participants and the communities it serves,” she says.

IMPACT engages students in affordable, substance-free experiential service-learning projects that encourage an understanding of pressing societal issues in a significant way. The program offered 19 service trips this past year with almost 900 students applying for the 325 available spaces.

For more information or to apply, go to www.uga.edu/cls.

IMPACT is a program of the Center for Leadership and Service within UGA’s Division of Student Affairs.