MU Extension and MAB

Many trips do not directly work with children but still have an impact on their lives.

During its centennial birthday party on May 1 2014, University of Missouri Extension announced a joint effort with Mizzou Alternative Breaks (MAB) to send students around Missouri for service work.
Since 1991, MAB has provided students service work around the country during Thanksgiving, winter, spring, and weekend breaks.

Over the past 10 years, MAB has sent students on more than 200 trips to locations such as New York, Arizona, Florida and Montana. Most of MAB’s service trips have been out of state. The new partnership will change that. MAB and MU Extension are already planning 18 in-state trips for the 2014-2015 academic year. The goal is to send students on service trips to all of Missouri’s 114 counties by 2020.

Among the proposed projects is the building of a greenhouse at MU Extension Center in Buchanan County. This facility will be helpful with horticulture trials and show youth in extension’s Garden ’n Grow program another side of growing produce. The goal is to pair MU agriculture and human environmental sciences students with Buchanan County staff. This will allow MU students to get firsthand experience in their majors while enhancing MU Extension’s capacity to serve the community.

“In 2014, 69 percent of MAB participants said their trip allowed them to see real-world application of their major,” said Bryan Goers, coordinator at MU’s Center for Leadership and Service. “We believe this partnership will increase that percentage.”

MAB has a long history of sending passionate, service-minded students across the United States, and MU Extension has an even longer history of providing Missourians with services that they need. This new venture will pair Mizzou Alternative Break students who have a passion for service with MU Extension field staff across the state who can help direct that passion.

Planning for the trips will be the responsibility of the students over the summer and the first partnership trips will depart for their locations in November 2014.

More information on MU Extension can be found at http://extension.missouri.edu/.