Winter and Spring Breaks
Sierra Service Project offers customized programs for middle school and high school youth groups, college groups, and intergenerational teams at our Sacramento and Portland site locations throughout the school year.
Every year SSP hosts a wide range of groups for programs that fit the group’s needs and interests. Groups have come from Virginia, Wyoming, Washington, Arizona, Southern California, and everywhere in between over the years since this program began in 2006. Types of groups have included:
- Alternative Spring Break programs for college ministry and secular groups
- College freshman introduction sessions for secular groups
- Intergenerational church teams for anyone 12 years old and up!
- Combined middle school and high school youth group winter and spring break sessions
- Anything else you can dream of – we can make a schedule and itinerary to fit your team’s needs
These sessions range from long weekends to week-long programs. Common to all sessions are combining challenging community service work with a series of visits, tours and guest speakers aimed to give participants real insight into the dynamic communities where they are serving.
The cost of these programs is around $60 to $125 per person per night based on the number of participants and site location.
All sessions are scheduled by request. To schedule your group for dates flexible to your schedule, or join the existing sessions below, email or call SSP’s Executive Director, Megan Walsh, at (916) 488-6441.
- North Star Homeschool Teens: Tsaile, AZ, March 11-16
High school groups are welcome to join North Star led by Loran Diehl Saito. Most program elements will be done separately by group.
- University of San Diego: Tsaile, AZ, March 24-30
College groups are welcome to join the “Making of the Modern World” course group led by Professor Matthew Herbst. Most program elements will be done separately by group.
For the second year we are offering spring break sessions for groups in Tsaile, Arizona. This work will be a mix of working with the Tsaile Wheatfields Water Users Association learning about the importance of local agriculture, meeting elders at the Tsaile Senior Center, and meeting with local leaders. Learn more about SSP’s partnership with the Tsaile Wheatfields and Lukachukai Chapters in the Navajo Nation.
San Diego Site
For the second year we are offering alternative break sessions for groups in Imperial Beach in San Diego’s South County. This small town offers a great location to learn about how the environment, immigration, and income inequality impact the people who live in Imperial Beach.
- Organizations we may partner with depending on their schedules:
- McKenna Culbertson, our Rancho Cordova Program Manager, leads all of our construction work in Sacramento.
- We work in partnership with the City of Rancho Cordova and the majority of our work is for local low-income homeowners doing exterior carpentry or painting work. We will shift to indoor work with nonprofits if the case of rain.
- We stay at a local church with shower facilities a short drive away
- There will be some service learning activities outside of the Rancho Cordova home repair work focused on Sacramento as the capitol, and learning about the work of other nonprofits. We can cater these visits based on your group’s interests.