Category: national

BON: Big Cypress National Preserve

by Bryan Banning Big Cypress National Preserve Branch Out Trip (January 2016) The Branch Out trip to Big Cypress National Preserve focused on environmental protection. Before the area was federally owned and protected as a National Preserve, it was a swamp, home to indig​enous Indian tribes and countless Cypress trees, birds, and gators among other flora and

Why Branch Out?

Nic Martinez: Passing on the Spirit of Service

OCE Community Profile Series By Graham Bryant ’13 | July 30, 2013 When you think of the qualities and dedication exemplified by William & Mary’s many active citizen service-learners, the image you conjure is inevitably one of someone like Nic Martinez ’14. As president of the College’s Nu Rho chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a

Poverty, unemployment, and labor rights in Philadelphia, PA

Homelessness, poverty, and unemployment are substantial and persistent issues in most of the large cities, with big population and a limited number of jobs available, the job security is very low, workers rights are limited, and wages are under the minimum living level. Such situation creates significant inequality, unstable political situation with a number of

Why I Would Work in a KIPP School in Rural NC

By Mary Grech          I’ve know that I wanted to be I teacher since I was in the second grade. Now I am almost ready to start looking for my first teaching job. I will be graduating next May with a BA in Anthropology, a minor in History, and a strong interest in education inequality

BON in Rural Virginia

By Alex May           This spring break, I spent time in rural Virginia.  You probably haven’t heard of the town.  I know that I hadn’t, but I was looking forward to going on my first major service trip, and I didn’t mind that I hadn’t heard of it before.  I didn’t

Early Childhood Education in DC

By Dwight Weingarten            Over my spring break, ten other William & Mary students and I went to Washington, D.C. to volunteer in two schools with different education systems. One school followed the KIPP model, while the other followed the STEM model. The focus of the trip was early childhood education and bridging the achievement