April 2019 Volunteer Spotlight: Mizzou University

This month’s volunteer spotlight features Mizzou University, a recent volunteer group with New AP’s Alternative Spring Break Experience.

This group of five students chose to spend their traditional spring break learning about the U.S. history of refugee resettlement and immigration, how it relates closely to Clarkston’s history and how these policies directly influence Clarkston’s residents. Throughout the week, the group went on to engage in deeper conversations about how to approach service from an empowerment perspective, and they volunteered daily at our elementary afterschool programs.

“It’s one thing to hear about the current crisis, but it’s another to be so closely involved with the families and get to know them on a personal level,” the group reflects.

As site leaders Ronel Ghidey and Natasha Kauffman think about their experience, they are grateful that “this week taught us more than we could’ve imagined.” They appreciated the opportunity to engage in thought-provoking, reflective discussions. They say that they can’t wait to share what they learned here with their communities back home.

We are so grateful that Ronel, Natasha, Phajja, Sophie, and Warren chose to deepen their understanding of refugee resettlement with New American Pathways. Thanks to Mizzou University for serving with us and for sharing your experience with others.

Interested in spending your alternative break experience with us? Find out more information here!

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