Alternative Break Spotlight: Jo-Vivian

Alternative Break Spotlight: Jo-Vivian
"By my junior year, I had participated in various opportunities at Mason but I had not yet discovered Alternative Breaks. I wasn’t able to study abroad with my major so this was my best opportunity to leave the state for a bit.
 
I chose the "Unlocking the dream: Food Justice and Community Activism" trip to Atlanta based on my interest in food deserts and equitable accessibility to food; I also wanted to see what community activism really looked like. During the week I spent in the heart of Georgia, I discovered all of these things and this trip left me wanting to learn more when I got back.
 
Atlanta is a big city with many of those who are homeless who don't have reliable access to food. From the experience, I learned about the various resources and organizations that are committed to improving food equity in that area. During this trip, we created community gardens to enable community members to provide for themselves and others and to promote healthy living.
 
I believe knowledge is power. Especially during a time like now, it feels impossible to stand together as a community to continue being involved with social action and justice while we’re social distancing and quarantining. However, we can continue to be involved by reading and becoming more informed, discovering and researching groups with similar interests, and spreading knowledge. There are so many different outlets and organizations that are also trying to bring social justice into the community."