Breaks With Impact - Doing Good in the Neighborhood

Service learning program…in Alexandria! "It really opened my eyes about the problems in Alexandria," says a program attendee after her three-day experience.

This program for youth is focused on community engagement. Participants will learn more about social issues facing Alexandrians and how nonprofits address these issues, earning direct service hours and service learning hours.

Summer 2020 Program Summary: 

Volunteer Alexandria welcomed roughly 20 middle and high school students for the in-person Breaks with Impact (BWI) this August. Highlights from this year includes:

Bagging nearly 1000 masks and hand sanitizers for shelters and other non-profits

100 Groceries bagged for Alexandria food pantry

Collected 2 dozen bags of trash at 3 local parks

Cut invasive species from 10 trees

Created and distributed care packages for local residents hit hard by COVID-19

Wrote words of encouragement to transitional housing residents

One student said her “favorite part [was] when we handed out sandwiches. I loved this because we got to see the results of our work in real time." Another said that she "enjoyed meeting new people” and “being able to make a direct and positive impact on the community. I think this experience was very rewarding and I learned a lot."

Stay tuned for community projects throughout the school year. We are currently planning several activities for youth to serve their community and learn more about their city. Subscribe to the Youth & Family Newsletter for more information!

This program is partial grant funded throught the City of Alexandria’s Fund for Human Services, and Cabot Creamery and many individuals like you.

Summer 2019 Program Summary:  40 middle and high school students participated in the Breaks With Impact service-learning program and here is what some of them had to say: "I enjoyed learning about being safe while also having a interactive experience with pedestrians. I also enjoyed learning about other people's stories. I didn't enjoy learning about people's struggles but it is a part of life." "How we can help people in a lot of more different ways than I ever imagined." "I enjoyed helping people in any way possible." "I enjoyed learning about the different nonprofits in Alexandria and how I can help volunteer in my community. I look forward to finding new non profits to help or getting more involved with the ones we looked at."

Starting around 8:00 a.m., students had a full day of meeting with nonprofit leadership, clients, learning about their work and ways they can be involved. Students walked and took buses to seven sites across the City to learn about issues Alexandrians face.