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 Model Programs 

Beans and Rice

Beans and Rice is designed specifically to meet both the learning and service needs of service learners who are the core staff for three programs for children at risk. Service-learners attend four trainings: orientation to working in low income housing, positive behavior supports, white privilege, and a simulation Life in the State of Poverty. Volunteers can return to become site leaders who also receive training. At the end of each day the site leader leads the group in onsite reflection linking their experience to the trainings and to course material. The staff of Beans and Rice work with faculty to facilitate making the service learning experience an integral part of the classroom.

UMass Alliance for Community Transformation (UACT)

UACT is a unique partnership of UMass students, faculty and members of grassroots community organizations. We work together to design programs that build community, promote social and economic justice, advance cross-cultural understanding and serve the educational and civic objectives of our Land Grant University. UACT's collaborations with communities in Massachusetts and beyond are built around both curricular and co-curricular Alternative Breaks.