CSUB’s ‘Sensational Sophomores’ Partner with Habitat for Humanity for Alternative Spring Break Project

A group of 20 students in California State University, Bakersfield’s Sensational Sophomores Leadership Program will participate in Alternative Spring Break by partnering with Habitat for Humanity to make a difference in the community.

Instead of relaxing and taking a break from school, the students will spend the entire week of April 10-14 working with Habitat for Humanity on building a fence, demolishing a shed, and performing yard work on a house at 414 Arvin St. in Bakersfield.

“We are thrilled to be working with Habitat for Humanity,” said CSUB Director of Campus Programming Emily Poole.  “I am continuously impressed by the Sensational Sophomore Leadership Program students who give up their spring break to help others.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with CSUB on this project,” said Cesar Menjivar, community outreach director for Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire. “For college students to take their spring break to invest in the lives of families in need is a testimony of the values-based educational experience that CSUB offers.

Alternative Spring Break began in 2016 at CSUB with the Sensational Sophomores leading an effort to renovate community centers in partnership with the Kern Housing Authority.

The Sensational Sophomores Leadership Program is a campus group that selects academically responsible freshmen and develops them as leaders. The students provide volunteer support at campus events, give campus tours, provide community service, and develop leadership skills.

Habitat for Humanity Golden Empire is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization.  Founded in Georgia in 1976 Habitat for Humanity has helped build, renovate, and repair more than 600,000 decent, affordable houses sheltering more than three million people worldwide.

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