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Civil Rights and Disaster Relief: Rebuilding the American South - 30 days 14

American South Gap: Civil Rights and Disaster Relief 30 Days

Civil Rights and Disaster Relief Program for College Students

The civil rights movement awakened an entire nation to the racial injustices faced by Black Americans. Travel along the US Civil Rights Trail, from Atlanta to Selma, and learn about civil rights history, its parallels to today and the ongoing struggle. Continue on to New Orleans, where the effects of Hurricane Katrina unveiled the legacy of racial and class stratification. Work on active build sites to reconstruct homes and help those directly affected, under the direction of SBP and their AmeriCorps members. Then continue to work with SBP in Houston, where Hurricane Harvey’s persisting damage has disproportionately affected Black neighborhoods. On this American South College Gap program, celebrate the culture of Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, and end with Austin’s vibrant music and food scene. You’ll also participate in many recreational activities including an alligator swamp airboat tour, zipline adventure and cooking class. Learn under the expertise of our incredible guide and educator including developing your Capstone Project; a final presentation which demonstrates your understanding of one or more aspects of the educational components of the program. This American South journey sheds light on defining events of American history and the importance of overcoming injustice. 

This Gap program is for high school graduates and college students between the ages of 17-20.

About This Program

  • What It's Like

    Emotionally powerful, hands-on learning, meaningful service and unforgettable recreation.

  • Capstone Project

    Develop your individual Capstone Project.

  • Certificate of Completion

    Upon successful completion of your program you will receive a certificate of completion outlining the various components including 70 service hours.

  • Service Projects

    We work on various disaster relief projects in affected neighborhoods in New Orleans and Houston.

  • Accommodations


  • Meals

    Includes breakfast and dinner daily, plus 10 lunches.

  • Activities

    Includes all recreation & activities listed.

  • Transportation

    Travel in passenger vans driven by our staff.

  • Group Size

    9 to 18 participants.

Service Projects


Civil Rights and Disaster Relief: Rebuilding the American South - 30 days 14

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