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: We are still waiting for university guidance before we begin recruiting trip leaders or planning trips for spring break. We are not planning on hosting winter trips in December 2021 due to the short timeline we would have to plan.
Due to our concern for the safety and security of students and community members during this pandemic, in-person trips were cancelled for fall 2020 and spring 2021. Instead, during the 2020-2021 academic year, the Volunteer Center planned a Virtual Alternative Spring Break Speaker Series titled “Beyond 2020” 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. 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 provided 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 monthly days of service 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 5-50 students working together. Every year, we send over 600 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. Register for FND here.
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