Student Application: Catalyst 2014

Catalyst trips use direct service to investigate questions of justice and community. Catalyst is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about social justice, reflect about our roles in the community, and contribute via service over spring break. The trips are open to all currently enrolled Hamline University students. STRUCTURE Each trip will have a group of 10-13. The group is lead by 2 student leaders and a staff resource person. The staff resource person will be present and available for safety concerns throughout the trip. Washington DC, New Orleans, and San Francisco will fly to their destinations, . Each day will consist of doing direct service within the community, followed by reflection. Many trips also speak with elected officials, community activists, and take part in cultural activities. CATALYST 2014 SITES Washington DC: Come for a life-changing experience in Washington, D.C. this spring break! This group will work directly with issues surrounding homelessness by engaging in service and working with local community partners. Students will visit the heart of our country and gain first-hand knowledge of the growing crisis of homelessness. *NOTE: this trip WILL include the opportunity to be a part of a 48 hour homeless challenge. This trip may also include the opportunity to engage in political advocacy by visiting elected officials. New Orleans: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to begin a project with strangers and leave with a sense of community? This trip to New Orleans will enable you to work with communities to do service projects; explore various religious groups in the area; and discuss issues of justice, hurricane relief, poverty, race, and much more! Throughout the trip we will grow spiritually by discovering the meaning of service and how it is defined in differing communities. Milwaukee: Be the first to join us and discover another side of Milwaukee. We will be working with Growing Power, a non-profit dedicated to help create a support system to gain healthy and affordable food to diverse communities through hands on training. Throughout trip we will also explore intersecting issues that come with accessible food such as racial justice, poverty and youth involvement. San Francisco: Make a difference on this "fran-tastic" trip focusing on issues facing the queer community (LGBTQIAP) in the beautiful San Francisco. Serve with nonprofits focusing on gender and youth empowerment, as well as topics on race, ability, homelessness and issues surrounding poverty. Discover more about your own identities while making memories that will change your life! STUDENT FEES The student fee for Catalyst trips to DC, New Orleans, and San Francisco is $300. The Miluakee trip costs $200. Student fees are due by February 3rd, 2014. All other costs are covered by Catalyst Programs and fundraising efforts put on by all participants. SCHOLARSHIPS If you are in need of a scholarship for part of your student fee please contact Margot Howard A very limited amount of scholarships are available, please only inquire if you would otherwise not be able to attend the trip. We are not able to offer full scholarships. Scholarship requests are due at the time of application. TRIP REFUNDS Due to the high cost of arraigning each trip, if you cancel after Jan 1, you will be charged the cost of the plane ticket or student fee (whichever is higher). NOTES TO CONSIDER Catalyst Trips are designed to be high-impact experiences. Each day will be packed full with service and experiential learning. The trips may put people outside of their comfort zones to encourage learning and growth through new and unique experiences. Many trips will stay in hostels and use public transportation. Days may include up to five miles of walking. Some sites may do service that includes, but are not limited to heavy lifting, repetitive movement, standing for long periods of time, working directly with community members, working in messy or dirt situations, etc.. Each trip does different types of service and one should be ready to work on anything. Catalyst Programs will do it's best to accommodate students needs, but it may not always be possible. Please email with any accommodation request as soon as they are known. REQUIRED PARTICIPATION Catalyst Students are expected to assist with fund raising efforts. Catalyst students MUST attend an orientation on February 3rd, 2014. Catalyst Participants will attend a local service project with their group before and after their trip. Catalyst Participants will be a part of a group presentation about what they experienced on their trip. Catalyst Participant should be available for all of spring break: March 22nd-29th (trips are each 7-8 days long) CATALYST TRIP INVESTIGATION Our mission for the trips is to investigate questions of justice and community. Here are some questions that we hope you start to find answers to on the trip. Who am I in context of community? How do I take personal and collective action for justice? How do I challenge stereotypes and assumptions? What are we giving? How do I enter into a community that is new to me? How do I participate in community? How do I bring the justice work home? How can I open myself to urgent injustice and stay compassionate? How are justice issues interrelated? What balance of service and learning works for me? How do I accept or offer hospitality? CATALYST GOALS To help you to learn more about yourself and your role in social justice. Recognize values, flexibility, and ability to work well in new situations. Become more conscientious about diversity. Increase the development of citizenship skills. Make a difference in the local, state, national, and world communities.
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