Group photos of first year students doing service

Sunday, August 15 – Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The Volunteer Resource Center is excited to announce a unique service opportunity for incoming first-year students through the CU Alternative Breaks program! Join us on the First Year Service Experience (FYSE), where participants will volunteer with a group of their peers, in partnership with an incredible local non-profit, to make a positive impact in their community. Not only does this program provide participants with a greater sense of community through volunteering, but it also creates friendships and relationships, builds networking bridges, confronts social issues and, most importantly, allows you to truly appreciate the difference you can make through service. 

The FYSE is open to in-state, out-of-state and first-year international students. To learn more, review the Alternative Breaks Participant Expectations. We hope you’ll be a part of this experience!

Trip Cost

There is no cost to participate in the FYSE trip. Participants will stay in their residence hall rooms and all transportation, food and supplies will be provided by the Alternative Breaks program.

2021 FYSE Trip

  • Trip Description: Throughout the course of the pandemic, there have been unique challenges faced in our communities. Nowhere is this more evident than in the pandemic’s influence on homelessness and affordable housing. Join us on this trip as we volunteer alongside local non-profits to take action, pinpoint and actively discuss the various aspects of homelessness, including food access and lack of affordable housing, and gain insight into how the COVID-19 pandemic has limited beneficial social services. The FYSE trip is a great opportunity to submerge yourself into the world of volunteering, meet new friends at CU Boulder and to take advantage of altruistic and meaningful work!
  • Location: Greater Boulder area
  • Trip Dates: Sunday, August 15 – Wednesday, August 18

Meet the Site Leaders

Saphie PottsHi! My name is Saphie Potts (she/her/hers) and I am so excited to be one of the Site Leaders for the First Year Service Experience this fall. I am a philosophy major and a pre-med student, and plan to graduate in December of 2021. While I’m originally from Chicago, I moved to Evergreen, Colorado, halfway through high school and love the mountains! At the start of my first year at CU, I was able to participate in the First Year Service Experience through the Volunteer Resource Center, and I am super excited to help plan and lead an experience that meant so much to me. I met one of my best friends through the First Year Service Experience! A fun fact about me is that I have a collie named Milo.

Julia MulhallHi there! My name is Julia Mulhall (she/her/hers). I am an upperclassman at CU Boulder studying integrative physiology with a concentration in public health and medicine. I was born and raised in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, so I naturally have an appreciation for the mountains and an affinity for the outdoors. Aside from being immersed in nature, I also love to play soccer, read and play my flute. The First Year Service Experience will be my first time leading an Alternative Breaks trip, and I am so excited; I can’t wait to get to introduce everyone to the Volunteer Resource Center experience! A fun fact about me is that I have a fraternal twin sister named Ella.