Impact Statements

“My ASE experience has redirected my life. I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to serve a community, grow as a person, and make lifelong connections. I am now more aware of how the School to Prison Pipeline System affects youth of all ages. Coming back from this program, I can’t help but still think about the people I met and their stories. I now want to become a mentor and devote more time to youth.”- Alexa Mooney, 2018

"This experience made me look into what I have rather than what I want. The program changed the way that I look at the different communities, like the Knoxville community. The one big thing that I took away from this trip was that we all come from different backgrounds, but when we come together as a group to serve a community, we can change the world, one community at a time."- Cody Clark, 2018

“I had been on service trips and study abroads before and was more than excited when I found out that I would be going on an ASE. I myself am very shy at first and have a lot of anxiety, specifically social anxiety, and have a hard time opening up to people. I find it hard to be myself and am always thinking about what others think of me. I never thought that within only a short week with 10 other people that my life would change forever."- Jillian Platt, 2018