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Spring Break? How About Spring Service! UTSA’s American Humanics Students Spend Their Spring Break with Local Nonprofits
UTSA American Humanics

March, 2010

American Humanics (AH) students from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) spent their spring break turning passion into action, working on various projects with San Antonio nonprofits and one local middle school.  This spring break marked the first ever “7 in Seven” with 7 projects being completed in 7 days.    


Forty-one (41) AH students, supporters, and alumni logged 318 service hours in this week-long service project.  Additionally, donations for “7 in Seven” totaled $2,485 with businesses like Office Max, ULTA, AAMCO Transmissions, H-E-B, Rackspace Hosting, Target, Home Depot, and Rainbow Gardens providing both monetary and in-kind support.  Individual AH Students, UTSA faculty and staff, and supporters from as far away as Cleveland, OH also donated money to each project.


“7 in Seven” started on Sunday, March 14 at the Barshop Jewish Community Center and ended on Saturday, March 20 at SAMMinistries. Other partner organizations were Eva’s Heroes, Ed White Middle School, Battered Women & Children’s Shelter, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio Teen Center.  Each project was led by one student member of the Executive Leadership of the American Humanics Student Association.


Rachel Rustin, Coordinator of Youth and Family Services at Barshop Jewish Community Center, said, “The UTSA American Humanics students were a pleasure to have and made wonderful contributions to our projects.”


Jenean Cervantes, UTSA Alum and Volunteer Coordinator for Girls, Inc., thanked American Humanics students “for [spending time with the girls, organizing activities, and all around being incredibly supportive of [their] efforts.” While Laura Fronzaglio, Outreach and Transitional Services Director for Battered Women and Children’s Shelter, thanked students “for the wonderful work they’re doing.” 


Bill Felty, the Director of the Teen Center added, “I want to thank American Humanics for giving back to our community in 78207. The effort that the students gave with our kids was phenomenal.”


Students in the American Humanics Program are working on their National Certification in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. The goal of the program is to take socially conscious students and mold them into effective nonprofit leaders.  Students must complete rigorous coursework, participate in a 300-internship within a nonprofit organization, attend a national symposium for future nonprofit leaders, and complete leadership and service activities to receive their certification.


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