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Below are a variety of resources to help your group prepare for this trip!

Leader Resources

Paradigm of Service Learning Trips

Eight Quality ComponentsHelping Versus Serving 


What, So What, Now What?Making Service Meaningful: A Guide to Reflection – Oregon Campus Compact 

Conflict Resolution

Mind Tools: Resolving Conflict Rationally & Effectively


Community Tool Box: Developing Facilitation Skills 

Middle and High School Resources

Poverty USA: 6th – 12th Grade
A multi-lesson tool-kit to develop a deeper understanding of the daily challenges faced by those living in poverty – and how to bring attention to the need for lasting solutions to the problems of poverty in the United States.

Teaching Tolerance, A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center

Poetry for Home
In these classroom activities, elementary students will use poetry to discuss their feelings about their homes, and middle and high school students will ponder poetry that speaks about eviction and homeless families.

Issues of Poverty
The lessons aim to help students understand that poverty is systemic, rooted in economics, politics and discrimination. Second, the lessons provide evidence to show that poverty, far from being random, disproportionately affects Americans who have traditionally experienced oppression—African Americans, Latinos, immigrants and children.

College Group Resources

Alternative Break Paradigm

Eight Quality Components 

 Active Citizen Continuum

DC Fiscal Policy Institute

DC Poverty Demographics

Falling Short: The District’s Economic Recovery is Leaving Several Groups Behind

Disappearing Act: Affordable Housing in DC is Vanishing Amid Sharply Rising Housing Costs 

Gentrification & Poverty

Washington’s Economic Boom Financed By You

Gentrification in Overdrive on 14th St 

Race & Racism

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation

Colorlines News for Action

Church Group Resources

Service & Learning Leadership Training Project

Intro to Service Learning

Service Learning Field Guide

Reflection Prompts, Journal Ideas, & Creative Reflection Methods

Suggested Bible Passages

ELCA Resources

Living Lutheran: More T han a Mission Trip

Digging In: A Leader’s Guide to Service Learning

Custer Lutheran Fellowship: Mission Trips & The Body of Christ

Resources for post-trip engagement can be found here.


  • Education
  • Experiential Learning
  • Direct Service
  • Critical Analysis
  • Reflection
  • Transformation