Mission Statement

The mission of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in a community-based service-learning program over spring break. SVC hopes that this experience will allow participants to become more thoughtful and engaged citizens who will continue to work for social change.

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Project

For our 2013 ASB trip, SVC will travel to Santa Barbara, CA to volunteer with Adopt-a-Block! Participants will be presented with an exciting service-learning opportunity and a chance to gain first hand experience with major socioeconomic issues that exist in America today. The Broken Windows Theory is a criminological theory of the norm setting and signaling effect of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior. The theory states that maintaining and monitoring urban environments in a well-ordered condition may stop further vandalism and escalation into more serious crime. Studies done by the NYPD, The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Harvard University, Suffolk University, and the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

No California neighborhood best embodies this theory than the Isla Vista in Santa Barbara, CA. Known as the unofficial hot spot for college and university students in Santa Barbara, While Isla Vistaís party scene is well known throughout the state, itís status as one of the worst crime ridden neighborhoods in CA is not. FBI Data analysis company, Neighborhood Scout, names Isla Vista the number one most dangerous neighborhood in the entire nation for property crime. Their analysis revealed that people in Isla Vista have a one-in-one chance at being the victim of property crime.

Just as IV embodies the proto-typical Broken Windows neighborhood, Adopt-a-Block is an excellent example of an organization utilizing the ideas of the Broken Windows Theory to implement change. Students will not only have an opportunity to work with Adopt A Block by participating in cleanups, outreach and educational programs to ensure street waste does not pollute the IV community, beaches and oceans; but they will also have an opportunity to engage in the fight to end the rampant wave of property crime that continues to plague IV.

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Requirements
  • Applicant must be a UC Santa Cruz student in good academic standing
  • Attend weekly meetings before the trip, beginning immediately after selection in late January (students on the wait list will be prioritized based on attendance)
  • Sign conduct agreement form
  • Be able to show a valid vaccination records prior to trip
  • Complete trip reflection/evaluation packet after the trip
  • Pay fees by the specified deadlines (Note: The intended cost for each student is $0, however the raw cost per person will include organization, supply, transportation, and meal fees. The selected ASB group will participate in fundraising activities prior to the trip in effort to cover as much of the costs as possible. These activities include group fundraisers from off-campus vendors, letter writing, and volunteer hours. Scholarships will be provided based on financial need. Students who do not sufficiently participate in fundraising efforts and do not qualify for the scholarship will be responsible for paying the raw cost per person.)


Apply!

The ASB 2013 application is available here.

The ASB 2013 policies & agreements form is available here.

Applications are due by January 25, 2013 at 5pm in the SVC office or via email.

Late applications will be added to the waiting list.

Notifications of participant selection will be made by January 30, 2013.

 


Sponsors
Zachary's Restaurant Super Silver
O' My Sole Artisans Gallery

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