Alternative Spring Break

Do you have plans yet for April 16-22, 2011, our Spring Break? Do you want to do something different and be part of something memorable? If yes, come with us to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for an alternative spring break!

According to Toni Aho, Leadership & Civic Engagement Administrator for CCBC:

“An alternative break is your opportunity to engage in community service and experiential learning during spring break. Students, faculty & staff perform short term projects for community agencies and learn about important issues such as literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness and the environment.”

Why did we choose Pine Ridge Reservation?

Because of the dismal Lakota-Sioux Pine Ridge Statistics as of 2007:

•Unemployment rate of 80-90%
•Per capita income of $4,000
•8 Times the United States rate of diabetes
•5 Times the United States rate of cervical cancer
•Twice the rate of heart disease
•8 Times the United States rate of Tuberculosis
•Alcoholism rate estimated as high as 80%
•1 in 4 infants born with fetal alcohol syndrome or effects
•Suicide rate more than twice the national rate
•Teen suicide rate 4 times the national rate
•Infant mortality is three times the national rate
•Life expectancy on Pine Ridge is the lowest in the United States and the 2nd lowest in the Western Hemisphere. Only Haiti has a lower rate.

Statistics courtesy of Re-member Project and can be found on

To be a part of the CCBC delegation, you must be able to commit to these dates for preliminary meetings:

•Friday, February 11, 2011 3-4:30 p.m.
•Friday, March 11, 2011 3-4:30 p.m.
•Friday, April 8, 2011 3-4:30 p.m.
•Friday, April 15, 2011 3-4:30 p.m.
•Saturday, February 26, 2011 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for an all-day retreat

You also have to commit:


(in $25 payments each month between December by being accepted as a participant and April)


(in fundraising—fundraising opportunities will be offered throughout the spring semester)


commit to 10 hours of service to the college which include the hours you spend on fundraising events

Eligibility Requirements:

CCBC Students in Good Standing with the college who are taking a minimum of 6 credit hours are eligible.

There is an application process and interested individuals apply and write an essay to be considered. The committee will bring everyone who applies together to determine the 20 people who are able to attend. The interview process is not intended to be punitive, but informative to help potential participants know if this opportunity is really something they will benefit from & what group dynamics will be most effective. It is our goal to have a group that has individuals from all campuses, different majors, different backgrounds and a variety of strengths to benefit the project in Pine Ridge.

Interviews will take place January 13 or 14th.

To get the application, click here!

Hope to see you there!

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