So you’ve gone on an Alternative Break trip experience, but you are wondering if you should really give this a try? Here are some reasons why you should consider becoming a Site Leader:
YOU get to organize a service experience for a group of students! Yeah, YOU do. Not your friend. YOU! Yes, it puts pressure on you, but it’s something that you can totally own and you’ll have support along the way!
Think of being a Site Leader as growing in safe space, developing your own unique style of leadership. YOU have the skills and talents; you just need to tap into them. We’ll show you how.
Are you wanting to change the world? Help be that change and, in the meantime, lead a group of students to make an impact.
Be a part of something bigger than yourself. Thousands of college students participate in “alternative breaks,” so be a part of the movement! You’ll instantly join a brother/sisterhood that’s unique.
Do you want a career after college? Being a Site Leader will teach you SO many skills, that you just won’t develop if you are only sitting in classes. (Think...communication skills, public speaking skills, the ability to lead a team, and confidence.)
Speaking of a career—do you have a resume? You can absolutely highlight this role on your resume!
Have access to a unique mentorship, leadership, and training program. Seriously, there is nothing else like it on campus. You’ll learn, serve, and lead.
You'll receive up to 50% off the cost of the Alternative Break trip experience for which you serve as Site Leader.
Site Leaders are at the core of the Alternative Break program. If the AB program were the frame of the car, you'd be the driver!
Site Leaders are responsible for the organization, coordination, recruitment, communication, and facilitation of all aspects of the Alternative Break trip experience for which they are leading a group of 8-12 student participants.
communicating and coordinating with community organizations to set up service projects and housing for the group of students during the break;
identifying resources to plan and facilitate pre-trip orientation meetings that engage students in team building, prepare them for service, and teach students about the root causes of the trip's social issue and social justice;
preparing for travel, transportation, and other detailed logistics;
recruiting students and sharing information about the trip, the Alternative Break program, and applicaiton process;
acting as liaison between student participants and community organizations and housing location to ensure the safety and organization during the trip;
facilitating and establishing group building, full engagement, and conflict management activities and processes for the group;
leading critical reflection conversations and activities during the trip;
attending weekly Alternative Break Site Leader meetings during fall and spring semesters for assistance, support, and mentorship;
being open to learning and stretching leadership “muscles!”
Previous experience on an Alternative Break trip;
Passion for social issues & social change;
Self-motivation & organizational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
Ability & confidence to lead a group of peers by creating a comfortable, safe, & inclusive environment;
Willingness to build relationships with campus & community partners.
The Site Leader role is approximately a year-long commitment from May 2020-May 2021:
Alternative Break Site Leaders will:
Participate in a 3-4 hour Site Leader On-Boarding Retreat on a date TBD in May via Blackboard Collaborate or Zoom
Participate in a Student Leader Retreat from 9:00am-6:00pm on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Buffalo State
Participate and attend in 14 out of 15 scheduled weekly Alternative Break Site Leader Cohort training meetings during Fall 2020 semester and 9 out of 10 scheduled training meetings in the Spring 2021 semester (weekly date/time will be a group decsion based on the site leader cohort member availability).
Participate in the recruitment of trip participants
Engage, plan, & facilitate five pre-trip Orientation Meetings for AB participants & one reorientation activity.
Uphold policies & procedures of the Civic and Community Engagement Office and the Alternative Break program.
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