Alabama: Civil Rights & Social Justice™
Explore social justice movements, reforms and discrimination in the U.S. through the lens of public health initiatives in the Black Belt region of Alabama.
- Address and discuss social justice issues and the Civil Rights movement
- Support projects that focus on access to healthcare and universal healthy living
- Assist a small rural clinic in-need of helping hands
- Take a tour of the city of Selma with a focus on Civil Rights history
- Discuss issues past and present with your peers, with guided Mentor reflection
On This Program you will...
Confront social justice issues through the lens of Alabama’s past and present, against the backdrop of the scenic Deep South. Recognizing the role that race and racial divisions have played in the state, from rural farmlands to modern cities, is a first step toward beginning to understand the dynamics of social justice movements in the United States. This program is designed to facilitate deep learning and conversations on these difficult yet essential topics. Learn how access gaps were created, what caused these gaps historically, and how they are playing out today through the lense of social justice. Service projects and informative talks from local leaders will round out your experience.
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
Contribute to meaningful service projects organized by Organpi Farms, owned and operated by Dr. Portia Fulford, a Selma Native and Agribusiness Woman. Learn to recognize the importance of community-driven responses to local needs. Work on a biodynamic farm that supports the local community and offers sustainable and regenerative solutions for the future. Address access gaps in healthcare and nutrition by supporting projects that aid access to universal healthy living. Support the needs of a small rural clinic alongside your peers, focusing your attention on how public health initiatives combat inequality and unequal access to food and medicine.
Learning is at the center of this program and is at the heart of what we hope our students will take away from this experience. Walk along the Edmund Pettus Bridge and learn about its incredible historical significance in the Civil Rights movement, as well as the threads it ties to modern social justice reform. Visit the Slavery and Civil War Museum for an in-depth look at how the institution of slavery led to the outbreak of war in the United States. Then, learn how differences in access and opportunity have affected life for Black Americans and minority groups, from their historical precedent to the current day. This includes understanding how public health practices, such as biodynamic farming, can be community-led and contribute to narrowing these access gaps in the future.
Kayak the beautiful Cahaba River, known for its biological diversity and unique geography. Visit Oak Mountain State Park for a hike and some time off the beaten path. Then, travel to Montgomery and visit the popular Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. Students will be able to investigate America’s history of injustice across generations of people impacted by racial differences. Returning to Selma, tour rural farming communities across Alabama and discuss issues that have affected local communities.
Dates & Tuition
Civil Rights & Social Justice™
Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:
- All educational materials
- 3 meals per day
- All in-country transportation
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
- 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
- Secondary medical and travel insurance
- All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
- Pre-departure materials and support
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Custom Group Travel Option
Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any middle school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.
Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.
GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students. Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives. GLA’s service-learning methodology is the vehicle through which students learn, grow and challenge themselves and their fellow travelers; our host communities welcome students’ energy and helping hands.
Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience through our intentional design as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.
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