2019 Panther Breakaway
The month of March is typically a month where Georgia State students prepare for a week off from classes to celebrate spring break in various cities and countries with their college counterparts. Georgia State University has a group of servant leaders that travel for a different reason, service! Throughout the fall semester, the site leaders for these trips execute and plan various events and programs. This prepares servant leaders for a week focusing on service and social justice issues.
Panther Breakaway is the alternative break trip program led by Civic Engagement. The alternative break opportunities available to Georgia State University students include both international and domestic trips. This program is designed for students who want to devote their winter and spring breaks to service.
This was my first time serving as a site leader and participant with Panther Breakaway. The trip to Tampa was focused on sex and human trafficking. The trip was a life changing experience. Serving on this trip inspired me to do more service within my community and to try and make an impact at Georgia State.
~ Nicholas Van Lue, Sex and Human Trafficking Site Leader
The Panther Breakaway alternative break program was honored to provide its most trip offerings in the history of the program this year. In total, the program was able to offer 11 different service trips and engaged over 120 students in the campus community. This includes collaborative trips with TRIO Student Support Services and Coca-Cola Scholars First Generation Scholars program. This year’s trip cycle will close out with a closing dinner on April 11, 2019, where all trips will come together to reflect on trip experiences and how to continue the amazing work the trips completed during their travel.
Thanks again to all the service site: Metropolitan Ministries, United States Institute Against Human Trafficking (USIAHT), Tampa Bay Crisis Center, Veterans for Children Rescue (V4CR), trip participants, site driver and Panther Breakaway executive board and staff.