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Indiana College Students Will Learn What It Means To Be Homeless
Students from Indiana Campus Compact member campuses across the state are participating in a week-long alternative break focusing on homelessness in Indianapolis.
Students from Indiana University Bloomington, IUPUI, Purdue University North Central, and the University of Indianapolis will come together to:
• Stay 5 days and 4 nights at a homeless shelter in downtown Indianapolis;
• Learn about root causes of homelessness;
• Gain in-depth exposure to the subculture of urban homelessness in Indianapolis;
• Be exposed to racial, spiritual, and socio-economic diversity; and
• Form relationships with a group of students from across the state;
During this Alternative Break experience, students will engage in volunteer service and address a critical need affecting our state. Students will also gain valuable skills, resources, training, and support on implementing effective Alternative Break programs on their campus.
ICC and IUPUI’s Center for Service & Learning will partner with a number of nonprofit organizations located within the community, such as, Wheeler Mission Ministries and Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention of Greater Indianapolis (CHIP). These partnerships will allow students to gain a deeper understanding of the issue of homelessness and what resources are available to address the root causes of homelessness.
Last year’s program changed the students’ views of persons experiencing homelessness and gave them a new perspective on solutions. When reflecting on the program, one student said,”I not only learned about the homeless population, the magnitude of the problem, how much still needs done, and the ‘politics’
Funding for “Your Impact on Homelessness”
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As the only state-wide higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based community engagement, Indiana Campus Compact helps member campuses forge effective community partnerships through resources, grants, networking, and training.