As part of Campus Activities, the Volunteer Center is dedicated to promoting service within USC, the greater Los Angeles area, and the global community as a whole. The Volunteer Center’s programs are student-run and student-led.
The Alternative Break (AB) program offers exciting opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to get involved with communities outside of USC during Winter and Spring Break. Our student coordinators plan and lead alternative break trips both domestic and abroad.
COVID UPDATE: Due to our concern for the safety and security of students and community members during this pandemic, in-person trips are cancelled for fall 2020 and spring 2021. Instead, this year the Volunteer Center is planning a Virtual Alternative Spring Break Series to continue to address important social justice issues.
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Alternative Breaks “Beyond 2020 Speaker Series”
The Beyond 2020 Virtual Speaker Series highlights social justice issues traditionally explored in our ASB trips in the areas of education, equality, public health, and environmental justice. Join the conversation and see important social justice issues through an intersectional lens through these events:
- 2/06 Wellbeing as a Social Justice Issue [Zoom Recording]
- 2/06 Fighting Fire with Fire: Indigenous Approaches to Environmental Conservation [Zoom Recording]
- 2/20 Charity vs. Solidarity in Educational Activism [Zoom Recording]
- 2/20 COVID-19, Health and Human Rights: A Global Perspective [Zoom Recording]
- 3/06 The Nature of Public Education [Zoom Recording]
- 3/06 SJSI Grant Information Session [Zoom Recording]
- 3/20 People of Color in Predominantly White Institutions Panel [Zoom Recording]
- 3/20 Pollution and Public Health: Need for Policy as a Solution [Zoom Recording]
- 3/27, 12:00pm PT Service Fair: Where Do We Go From Here? (Series Closing Event)
However, the speaker events are not the only component! We recognize the importance of education as a step towards making tangible progress against social injustice, and we also want to adopt a solutions-based approach. Our Social Justice and Service Innovation Grant gives USC students and RSO’s the chance to apply for up to $2,500 in funding towards a service project that tackles an area of inequity including those discussed in the series! Develop your own service projects and help make a difference!
At our last event, a Virtual Service Fair, we want to provide options for trojans and community members that want to get more involved. A variety of nonprofits, student recognized organizations, and Social Justice Service Innovation Grant applicants will have a platform to share with you their mission, their social justice initiatives, and their opportunities for involvement.
Friends & Neighbors Day
The Friends and Neighbors Day (FND) program organizes various days for students to serve in the community as a Trojan Family. FND introduces students to local service organizations throughout Los Angeles. Service Projects are accomplished in a few hours by groups of 10-50 students working together.
Friends & Neighbors Day collaborates with Residential Education and Recognized Student Organizations to introduce more students to this long-standing service tradition. Every year, we send over 500 students, faculty, staff, and alumni to over 40 organizations around the city to serve with fellow Trojans and together make a positive impact in the community.
COVID UPDATE: This semester Friends & Neighbors Day goes virtual! Due to our concern for the safety and security of students and community members during this pandemic, in-person volunteer opportunities will be postponed. Friends & Neighbors Day and other service opportunities that we will promote through our newsletter will be virtual so that Trojans may participate no matter what part of the world they find themselves in.
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