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My Heart Lies in North Carolina

By Abby Bowman           I went in to this trip a little skeptical of the KIPP education system but very excited to work in a school for a week. My expectations were completely blown away by the amazingly hard-working teachers and learning-conducive, inspiring atmosphere of the school that led to one of the best weeks

Education Systems and Social Justice in DC

 By Emily Lopynski “The reality in Washington D.C. is if you live in Tenleytown versus if you live in Anacostia, you get two wildly different educational experiences. It’s the biggest social injustice imaginable. What we are allowing to happen in this day and age, we are still allowing the color of a child’s skin and

Comparing Education Systems in DC

By Chantelle Tait             This trip was eye-opening, exhilarating, and heartbreaking, all at the same time. My group of 11 stayed in a hostel in North West DC and drove another neighborhood in another part of DC every morning. The neighborhood we were in is one of the most dangerous in America, and driving through

Spinach and Social Justice: BON in Lynchburg

By C. Michael Steiner I am writing from a place deep down inside of me where I once harbored doubts and worries about whether the countless projects, pledges, and causes I’ve supported would ever amount to any real change in this world. I tried to be an optimist, but I often became fatigued with the

BON: Volunteering in DC

By Yimeng Zhang Day 1: 3/4/2013 Lesson One: “You don’t let the knife control you, you control the knife. Y’all know it?”

BON in Lynchburg, VA

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Volunteering at a Free Health Clinic in Rural Virginia

By Daniel Higgins The Issue and Expectations             Anyone with access to the media can discern that the United States healthcare system is a major area of contention. Newspapers are littered with opinion pieces aimed at a wide variety of health issues; it’s rare to watch a television news program that does not address some

GO: Grassroots Organizing to Fight Injustice

By Maia Tinder 3/4/2013                We started off the day meeting with our community partner, a local chapter of a community organizing agency, about canvasing in order to develop goals based on the needs of community members.  We learned that communities in the area do not have very many “political resources,” and that legislators and

A Better Life

We all know what the “American Dream” is but do we really know what it means to fight for your child to have a chance at getting close to it?  The Latin American Student Union is hosting a movie screening of the award winning film A Better Life Feb. 21st in Blair 229 at 7pm.

A Branch Out Blog “Contest” – Win $100 for your Community Partner!

Hey YOU! Yes, you, Branch Out participant all starry-eyed after your transformative alternative break experience – we want to hear from you. Send us a blog post reflecting on your experience with Branch Out.  Please share what you did on your trip, including what social issue you focused on and how your service activities addressed