We’ve just announced our 2020 Alternative Spring Break Trip focus and location!
We’re particularly excited about this year’s project focus because of the similarities between the cities of Erie and San Antonio. Comparing and contrasting how our communities are tackling some of our greatest issues provides a rich learning opportunity for trip participants, as well as a chance to bring ideas back from San Antonio to implement here at home.
Both of our cities are tasked with providing basic human needs – access to nutritious food and safe and affordable housing. Due to a variety of factors, we’re both struggling to do so for all residents. See the USDA’s helpful Food Access Research Atlas to see which areas within Erie and San Antonio are food deserts – areas with residents experiencing high food insecurity due to limited access to a variety of nutritious food. Our cities also have a significant portion of the population living at or below the national average’s poverty line, with Erie at 27% and San Antonio at 15.7%. During this trip, we aim to work with community based organizations assisting families in poverty and in need of support.
A unique commonality between our two communities is the percentage of our populations that are new citizens: 20% of Erie’s population and 13.5% of San Antonio’s population. San Antonio also happens to be one of the fastest growing cities in the country, adding a layer of complexity to offering access to those basic needs.
We look forward to further educating ourselves on the issues here at home through pre-trip programming and service, and hopefully bringing ideas and inspiration back from our service in San Antonio to implement in our local community.
If you’re interested in applying for this year’s trip, applications are open September 11th and will close September 25th. You can also follow @psbservice and @realitycheck_psb on Instagram for reminders. For more information on the application process and to apply, please refer to this page.
Our trip this year will address the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: