Though Dallas is one of the wealthiest cities in America, the city leads the nation in inequity. This inequality is evident today as businesses in North Dallas boom while the poverty rate in South Dallas increases. In addition to this inequity, many communities in South Dallas are food deserts, lacking access to nutritious foods which correlates to high rates of life-threatening diseases in these communities. Many of these communities also lack access to necessary primary medical care. Bonton Farms and Agape Clinic, the two non-profits that SStS partners with, are working tirelessly to address these issues by providing both immediate care and long-term, systematic solutions.
While in Dallas, the SStS group will be working with Bonton Farms, a vibrant and sustainable farm in what was previously a food desert in South Dallas. Students will volunteer at Bonton’s local South Dallas farm location, and their extension farm, working alongside the farm employees there to maintain the garden and farm. Students will spend time at the Bonton Farms Market and with Bonton staff members in order to fully grasp the impact of the Farm on the surrounding community. Additionally, students will be spending time supporting the work of Agape Clinic, whose mission is to provide quality health care services to underserved people in Dallas. Time with both partners will allow students to grasp both Dallas’s rich history and the inequalities the city faces today.
The course elements are based on a rating from 1 to 5, 1 being the least rigorous, 5 being the most rigorous.
ON THE MOVE
Dallas : In Three Phases
THE 5 LENSES CURRICULUM
PARTNERING WITH NGOS
POST TRAVEL ADVOCACY
During the travel phase of each SStS course, students spend time reflecting about the learning that occurs through their immersion and service experiences. These posts capture the impact of our programs on individual students. As this is our first year running the program we do not have any travel posts. Please check back soon.
Students who attend a Shoulder-to-Shoulder partner school receive a tuition discount. To see a list of partner schools, click HERE. The prices below are from 2021. 2022 pricing is coming soon.
Tuition (students from partner schools): $2040 *
Tuition (students from non-partner schools): $2240 *
*Students are responsible for booking their own flight to meet the group in Dallas. Once enrolled our admissions team will assist in choosing the correct arrival and departure times.
SStS is in search of curious, compassionate, globally-minded students. Thus, we will do all that we can financially to support students whose circumstances preclude paying the full cost. If you would like to be considered for financial assistance, please indicate so on the application. Financial assistance resources are limited. Scholarships tend to be less than 50% of tuition.
Please note, tuition does not include airfare.
Tuition costs are all inclusive with the exception of personal expenditures (e.g. souvenirs).
Talbot Travel Agency provides travel services for SStS, working personally with us to find the least expensive fares.
Please note that we expect all participants to arrive in Dallas within a defined window of time to be picked up by their course instructors. Additionally, traveling as a group inevitably includes “the unexpected.” SStS will adjust the itinerary accordingly, making the best of uncontrollable situations. Due to the unknown variables in travel, participants are asked not to make travel plans or to enroll in programs that start immediately after their return. SStS is not responsible for expenses incurred due to missed flights if the group is delayed in their return.