What It Is:
The Student Trips and Transformations program (STAT) is an alternative break service program that gives students the opportunity to engage in off-campus experiences serving in communities working with vulnerable people as a way to become active citizens involved in their own communities now, and in their futures as professional leaders. The program offers students a chance to travel to local, regional, and national locations where they are challenged to both provide service and reflect on those experiences as a way to grow personally and professionally. Participants are provided leadership skills, exposed to new perspectives, and ultimately gain a broader understanding of the concepts of social justice and community partnership. Along the way, students are immersed in new cultures and have life-changing experiences that contribute positive change within themselves and the world.
How It Works:
Students from any program at Bellin College can complete an application for the STAT program. STAT is coordinated by a College coordinator, but STAT student team leaders are trained and responsible for leading the actual STAT experiences. STAT Team Leaders are experienced students who have been on a previous STAT program, and have received additional training on facilitating groups on this type of adventure. The College Coordinator facilitates all recruitment, legal and experiential planning in consultation with Team Leader students and appropriate Bellin College personnel.
New STAT experiences are planned for winter, spring and summer sessions 2018. Future STAT’s are being considered to work with migrant populations, Appalachian groups, tribal communities, urban and rural homeless groups, and perhaps international TRIPS.