Past Raider Service Breaks
Focus: Affordable Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization
Starting 2020 on a powerful note 10 students and 2 staff members helped to rebuild distressed and foreclosed homes with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans. While students learned to stabilize/build interior walls and door frames and install windows; they also learned and understood the importance of affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and community education.
Focus: Sea Turtle Conservation
11 TTU students and 1 staff member spent 10 days over the holiday to not only give their time and physicality to the extensive work that goes into the re-population of sea turtle species, but also expanding their knowledge about the importance of conservation, education, and culture.
Focus: Natural Resources & Beautification Projects
10 Red Raiders tackled the summer heat serving, learning, & traveling to Caprock Canyon State Park. Over a weekend three canyon walls were refurbished to their natural state by removing years of graffiti carvings.
Focus: Interpretation & Visitor Services
OVER 11,000 visitors were IMPACTED, OVER 500 hours of SERVICE were completed, 5 EDUCATIONAL sessions were attended, 60 journal entries were written, over 1,000 photos were taken, & COUNTLESS memories were made over spring break for 12 of our TTU Raider Service Breakers! The annual Grand Canyon Raider Service Break goes above and beyond to provide TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING EXPERIENCES.
Focus: Disabilities & Barrier-Free Environments
5 TTU students and one staff member participated in a weekend RSB to Camp Summitt. Camp Summit is a place that focuses on the campers' ABILITIES rather than their DISABILITIES, and we were able to serve and help facilitate this amazing experience for campers. TTU participants worked with over 40 campers ranging in age and disabilities to insure they had a barrier free and safe weekend!
Focus: Trail Maintenance
Six TTU students and two staff members participated in TRUE's 1st Weekend Service Break at Caprock Canyon State Park. Located only 1.5 hours away students were able to step away from campus for a weekend give back to one of our state's great parks. Participants worked with the trail maintenance program, specifically getting ready for the parks Wild Canyon Ultra race which will help raise money for the Caprock Canyons Restoration Project.
- The goal of this project is to restore the park to its natural state from some 300 years ago. It includes restoration of mixed grass prairies, rolling plains and native animals, including the beloved prairie dogs and bison seen throughout the Caprock Canyons!
Along with trail maintenance the group also had a great tour, led by Le'Ann who is the Interpreter for the park. On this tour participants learned about the history, ecosystem, and animals of the park. One of the highlights was learning that Caprock Canyon State Park is home to the official Texas State Bison herd, that can be seen roaming throughout the park.
Focus: Commercial Services
Twelve TTU students and one staff member spent TRUE's 2nd Spring Break in the Grand Canyon National Park. Partnering with commercial services TRUE SB participants learned about the importance of parking and contracts in the park and got a close look at all the behind the scenes that goes into running a park. Led by Ranger Perri, throughout the week, participants learned ALL things Grand Canyon, from concessions contracts, asset management, volunteer services, parking and bus systems, forestry, the formation & rocks of the Canyon, and visited the park's private archives with historical artifacts from millions of years ago. Each day participants divided up and roved parking lots and helped direct visitors around the park. During their free time TTU students were able to enjoy the glorious view of the canyon and hike!
Focus: Affordable Housing, Education, Environmental, Bead Recycling Project, & Neighborhood Revitalization
Nine TTU students and one staff member spent a week of their Winter break serving & learning in the New Orleans' community. Each day the group focused on a different issue that the NOLA community faces. TTU participants worked with five different non-profits:
- APEX (Always Pursuing Excellence Youth Center)
- ReNew SciTech Academy
- ARC of Greater New Orleans
- YRNO (Youth Rebuilding New Orleans)
- Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge
and completed over 150 hours of service. Along with the service work students participated in activities daily to learn about the culture and history of NOLA. One of the highlights and most impactful moment of the SB was touring the Whitney Plantation, which is the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery.
Sea Turtle Conservation
Five TTU students and two staff members participated in the first TRUE International Service Break. The group spent two days in San Jose for orientation and then traveled to Junquillal for eight days working with Verdiazul's Sea Turtle Conservation Project! Night patrols, reforestation, and working in the hatchery were the main tasks. TRUE SBers also got to experience releasing newly hatched Olive Ridley Sea Turtles into the ocean. This allowed participants to really see first hand the importance of the work they were doing! Over 80 hours of service work was completed and the group was able to learn and experience the Costa Rica culture.
This TRUE SB group also got to be a part of introducing Costa Rica high school students to the Red Raider tradition! A TTU Costa Rica campus is set to open in San Jose 2018 and the SBers did a great job representing Texas Tech!
Nine TTU students and one staff member spent Spring Break in the Grand Canyon National Park. Partnering with commercial services TRUE SB participants learned about the importance of parking and contracts in the park and got a close look at all the behind the scenes that goes into running a park. Participants had learning sessions each morning where they learned about different aspects of the park, from concessions contracts, asset management, volunteer services, parking and bus systems. In the afternoons SBer's roved parking lots and helped direct visitors to open spots. During their free time TTU students were able to enjoy the glorious view of the canyon and hike!
Habitat for Humanity
Six TTU students and one staff member spent one week over the Christmas break in Laredo, TX. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity, TRUE Service Breakers were able to help begin construction on a house for the Aguilar family, as well as fully erect a shed from bottom to top. Learning about substandard housing, the Laredo community, and the importance of a border city, participants were able to gain a better understanding of the need for affordable housing and how it can effect communities.
Texas SeaLife Center
Six students and one staff member traveled to Corpus Christi, TX where they partnered with the Texas SeaLife Center . Participants spent their Spring Break 2016 learning about marine conservation and doing various service projects for the Center. Building fences, cleaning debris around the Center and on beaches, and mending cages were a few of the tasks.
World Hunger Relief Farm
Four students and one staff member traveled to Waco, TX where they worked with World Hunger Relief Farm and participated in their Life on the Other Side program (LOTOS). This experience put the participant's gardening skills and handling of farm animals to the test. Participants were woken every morning very early and given daily farm chores: feeding the farm animals, collecting eggs, and tending to multiple gardens were just a few of the chores. Also each day they learned about world hunger, nutrition, soil conservation and sustainable farming practices. World Hunger Relief also provided programing where the students in order to eat had to do chores and experienced what it was like to eat on an extremely low budget.
Seven students and two staff members traveled to New Orleans where they worked with Project Homecoming to help rebuild homes for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Participants worked on Ms. Connie's home. She was one of many who were victims of contract fraud after the hurricane. It has taken her ten years to be able to have her home back. The group perfected their carpentry skills of painting, wall and door trimming, and grouting tile in the house. SB participants were also able to help future Project Homecoming volunteers by building new bunk beds for their facilities. Chores were given out each morning and evening including: cooking breakfast, making lunches, and cooking dinner. The last night participants worked together to cook a traditional jambalaya meal for the PH staff, PH site leaders, and Ms. Connie.
During spring break, March 16-20, 2015, TTU students traveled to El Paso and Dallas with TRUE's Service Breaks program.
Students in El Paso partnered with the Annunciation House - Border Awareness Experience (BAE). The goal of BAE is to raise consciousness about border issues such as immigration, economic development, human rights and social justice. Participants spent time touring the border and visiting with border patrol agents, visiting a federal courtroom, and interacting with volunteers and migrants, hearing their stories and sharing meals.
In Dallas, participants worked with Crossroads Community Services, addressing concerns related to poverty and food insecurity. Our students assisted Crossroads clients with shopping in the organization's clothing closet, organized donations that were placed in the closet and worked with clients to complete food orders in the food pantry.
Building Better Tomorrows: Habitat for Humanity
Four staff members and eight students participated in the Service Break trip to San Antonio on December 10-14, 2014. The students, ranging from freshmen to seniors, represented a wide range of majors but shared a desire to give back. Working with Habitat for Humanity participants spent the first two days of service, rehabilitating existing Habitat homes to prepare them for new families. On the final day of service, participants contributed to the building of a new home for a family who were refugees from Burma. TTU participants were able to see their work transform the project from a concrete slab to a fully framed home.