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Young Harris College to Facilitate Two Alternative Spring Break Trips

Monday, February 3, 2014

Young Harris College to Facilitate Two Alternative Spring Break Trips

Young Harris College students, faculty and staff members will have the opportunity to choose from two alternative spring break trips facilitated by S.E.R.V.E. (Service, Education, Responsibility, Voice and Engagement) next month. Students will participate in an outreach excursion to the Len Foote Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls State Park, March 9-11, and complete service projects with Denver Urban Ministries’ (DenUM) “Urban Plunge” program, March 9-14.

The Hike Inn at Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville is accessible only by foot over a moderate five-mile hiking trail that originates at the top of the falls. Once volunteers make the trek to their destination, the group will complete maintenance work including groundskeeping and facility repair.

The Hike Inn is operated by the nonprofit organization Appalachian Education and Recreations Services, Inc. The facility is LEED Gold-certified and seeks to highlight environmental and sustainability components that serve as a major part of the Inn’s identity and function.

Students traveling to Denver, Colo., will participate in the “Urban Plunge” program facilitated by DenUM, a nonprofit crisis center located in the city’s center. The group will confront issues like hunger and poverty by working with the homeless, low-income families, children, people with disabilities and the elderly. DenUM will also facilitate urban tours, educational activities and guest speakers.

Students will switch gears to conclude the trip by experiencing the beauty of the Rocky Mountains during a memorable day spent skiing in the region.

According to Campus Minister and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Rev. Dr. Tim Moore, this year’s excursions were selected through a student opinion survey. Once the student body’s interests and goals were identified, the options were narrowed down to meet S.E.R.V.E.’s criteria.

“The alternative spring break program has been a huge success every year, and it’s advantageous to the College’s faculty and staff because it provides a chance for us to be intentional about our programming,” said Rev. Dr. Moore. “We plan trips that are broad in scope and diverse in opportunity, so students have a chance to serve others in both secular and faith-based environments.”

The cost for the Hike Inn excursion is $25 for students, while the “Urban Plunge” experience is currently estimated at $800-$1,000 depending on airfare.

Faculty, staff and students may still register to attend these alternative spring break trips. For more information, contact Resident Director Hilary Martin at hmmartin@yhc.edu or (706) 379-5166.