Forty Students Skip Spring Break to Help Communities In-Need

March 8, 2012

PEORIA, IL  (March 8, 2012) - Most college students spend spring break on beaches in Florida or Mexico, but 40 students from Bradley University are traveling throughout the U.S. to help communities in need through the Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) Pay It Forward tour.

The students will travel on buses for nine days, stopping in six different cities with a unique service project in each city. On most nights, the students sleep in gyms, community centers, or churches. The experience engages students in service and leadership, teaches about social issues, builds lasting relationships and students make a commitment to continued action when they return home.

Pay It Forward tours are hosted by college students across the country. Since the program was founded in 2003, 13,000 students have participated in 338 tours that have completed a total of 185,000 service hours.  

The Bradley students leave Peoria Friday. The schedule follows.

March 10 - Dyersburg, Tennessee
Will help organize and coordinate a Salvation Army sidewalk sale.

March 11 - Greenville, Mississippi
Will clean and provide hands on help at the Greenville Arts Council.

March 12 - Mobile, Alabama
Will assist with lawn maintenance on 150 acres of land and will paint at the Boys and Girls Club.

March 13 - Montgomery, Alabama
Will volunteer at the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

March 14 - Macon, Georgia
Will help clean and organize the Holy Greek Orthodox Church.

March 15-17 - Charleston, South Carolina
Students will convene with hundreds of other STLF students to assist with oyster rescue.

About Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF)
Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) is a Minneapolis-based non-profit that engages young people in servant leadership. With a mission to reveal leadership through service, relationships and action, STLF aims to energize generations of student leaders by providing meaningful experiences. Since 2003, STLF has been believing in young people and the ways they can change the world. Cited by Time as the Number Two Way to Serve America, STLF’s Pay It Forward Tours have reached hundreds of cities, engaged hundreds of young people and performed thousands of hours of service. For more information or to become involved, visit