2018 has been an incredible year – thank you for all your support!
We were recently featured in the City of Clarkston Connection (April 2017) Here is what they had to say about our Alternative Break program and students: Clarkston Connection
For many students who came to Clarkston for spring break, this was first service learning trip with Something New. Abby, from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire had an amazing trip. Here’s what she had to say:
“I truly believe that the experiences you least expect are the experiences that change your life the most. For me, the Alternative Spring Break Trip to Clarkston was just that; unexpected and life altering. I remember attending an informational meeting about the trip, and not understanding why no one could explain what the trip was like for them. It took me personally being in Clarkson to understand the perplexity of emotions and thoughts that go through your mind when trying to describe what your spring break was like. Not only was it inspiring and emotional, but uplifting. For the first time in my life, I felt at home. I was surrounded by people I knew who cared for me, and had my best interest in mind. To be in place of complete honesty, vulnerability, and love is not an environment that is common. The volunteers at Something New are the reason why I experienced many of these emotions, and experiences. The Something New volunteers are a special group of dedicated, devoted, and loving crew who were welcoming from day one.
In my efforts for others to experience the dedication of the Something New Organization, I do my best to share my ASB trip experience with those who have little knowledge of the trip itself. I hope to inspire others to take action, join the Alternative Spring Break trip next year, and to create positive encourage for others out there to continue supporting the wonderful Something New Organization.”
This past Sunday volunteers put on a little skit to show New Expression Clarkston what it’s like when you aren’t being yourself. Jack, one of the volunteers, walked in and leaned on the wall, playing “too cool” to participate in New Expression.
“What can we do to help Jack be himself?” another volunteer asked. [Read more…] about Group Hug
Every summer students from around the country come to Selma to work and serve in the community alongside Something New volunteers and staff. This years internship will be July 17th-Aug 7th
Chosen interns decide what their area of focus will be for the summer. They can explore more of our New Way or New Alternative programs or help with our annual Summer Stage Production or Community Art Camp!
- Summer Stage Production — work with local youth and NXP volunteers to create and produce a musical theatre revue. Production Interns will assist in developing choreography, rehearsing musical numbers, staging, leading self-expression games and activities, and will support the final production backstage, as well as driving marketing and publicity for the show.
- Community Art Camp – develop and staff a two-week day camp centered on the arts for local youth, grades 1-6. Art Camp Interns are responsible for selecting camp themes, planning daily activities, developing marketing and outreach strategies to drive participation, and overseeing the daily operation of art camp over a two-week period.
- New Way – interns working on the New Way team will complete the summer nonviolence course and assist New Way directors in program outreach. In addition to outreach, interns will participate in New Way trainings, assisting as needed.
- New Alternative -interns on the New Alternative team will work closely with the New Alternative director and college coordinators in developing a New Alternative program in the Atlanta area around refugee resettlement. In addition to this task New Alternative interns will conduct outreach to various colleges marketing our New Alternative programs. Interns may assist with other Something New program areas including but not limited to: New Expressions and New Way depending on needs.
If you’re thinking about applying, here are a few things previous interns have said:
“As an Art Camp intern, not only did I have a great time teaching kids about art and being there for each and every scrape of the knee, mental breakdown, formation of friendship, and so many more things with the kids, but I also got to know everything and everyone associated with Something New on a much deeper level.”- Katie G. (Michigan)
“If ASB is like a movie trailer, the internship is the behind the scenes footage. We got to learn more about all the work that the organization does and got to be more involved in the movement.” – Cherita C. (Texas)
“My first summer internship in Selma absolutely changed my life in the most beautiful way! I found a purpose, a place I have in making the world a better place, a freedom to dance and sing and be myself in a way I’d never been able to. And as I gained that freedom and purpose, I was able to pass it on to the incredible New Expressions kids I worked with! I was able to help them become free to express themselves.”- Sam L. (Pennsylvania)
“My favorite part was getting to live life with the volunteers. It was different than how I was living! Life that summer was so simple but I had more fun than I had ever had before!”- Cora D. (Texas)
So, are you ready for the time of your life?! Click Here to apply and please refer any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our 2016 New Alternative season is in full swing! This week groups from 4 colleges are visiting Selma to serve the community and learn more about civil rights history and Selma today. Follow us on Facebook and watch our 2016 New Alternative album grow!
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