50 Howard University students spend Spring Break in Birmingham, teaching students to dream bigger


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Skylar Parker and fellow Howard University classmates arrived on the campus of Birmingham’s Jackson Olin High School to share their stories. Parker is one of 50 Howard students who gave up their vacation to spend their Spring Break giving back.

Skylar Parker, Howard University sophomore, said, “I want them to understand that they are worthy that they are capable of obtaining anything that they put their minds to.”

Vionna Moore, Howard University senior explained.

We go into this year 20 different communities all across the world from Ghana to Memphis from Ghana to Birmingham in order to combat issues, like poverty, homelessness, gun violence, and gang violence.

Vionna Moore grew up in Hoover. As the executive student director of Howard’s Alternative Spring Break, Moore convinced the university they could show students in Birmingham how to make the right choices.

Vionna Moore said, “We wanted to reach students that may be seen as troubled youth and make sure they had options. Options they outlined in their experiences, arming these high school students with the tools they need to succeed.”

J.O. High School administrators say it helped their students to dream bigger.

Dr. John Plump,  assistant principal of Jackson Olin, said, “It is very important for them to realize that if they invest in their future now, they will be able to reap the benefits. There’s an old cliché that says sacrifice four years for forty good ones.”

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