Originally, ASB participants worked exclusively with Habitat for Humanity, a nationwide organization that confronts the issues of housing and homelessness by building affordable low-income housing. In 1997, ASB expanded its focus to include trips addressing the environment, education, and inner-city poverty. The program has also evolved to include an Alternate Winter Break (AWB) component for students each January.
In the March edition of By The Numbers, the Current delves into the facts and figures that have grown the ASB and AWB programs into the service-oriented successes they are today.
|9||Number of locations visited this year, including New Orleans, Charleston, S.C., Clearwater, Fla., and Washington, D.C.|
|15||Total days of service Penn students have devoted to ASB and AWB in the past year.|
|124||Number of participants spending their spring and winter breaks doing service work through ASB and AWB this year.|
|18||Number of students leading ASB and AWB trips this year. Student leaders work with partners at each site, create the agenda, plan reflection opportunities, provide pre-trip educational and bonding opportunities, and coordinate post-trip reorientation opportunities for participants.|
|25||Number of years ASB has been offering service trips for Penn students.|
|2,000+||Number of students who have participated in ASB and AWB trips since the program’s founding.|