Loyola University Chicago

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LUCES ABI: Alternative Break Immersion

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St. Louis Bound!

LUCES and the Men of Color Initiatives (MOCI) collaborates with Campus Ministry to create an Alternative Break Immersion for students of color. This specific ABI is open to women in the LUCES program ONLY. Students on this ABI must also enroll in the 1 credit course, "Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline", UNIV 102.005 in the Spring Semester.

The LUCES ABI travels to St. Louis, Missouri to work at an all girls middle school. Marian Middle School serves low income, urban adolescent girls from the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, representing over 20 different zip codes and is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by fostering comprehensive development as a foundation for college readiness. Marian is based off the NativityMiguel model of education that features an extended school day, a low student-to-teacher ratio, ensured time for one-on-one instruction, and a commitment to support their graduates through high school and guide them on to college. Students will provide mentorship, tutoring and role modeling to students at Marian Middle, while learning about the racial realities of St. Louis, empowerment in marginalized communities and reflecting on their own identity as women of color. Host Organization: Marian Middle School.

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