RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State University’s Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service offers its students opportunities to expand their experience in the area of volunteerism and help make a difference. And, this year it teamed up with the GLBT Center.

In March, a group of 14 LGBT and straight travelers ventured to San Francisco to study homelessness among the LGBT community as part of the school’s Alternative Spring Break initiative. Statistics presented by the school say that 2.8 million youth are homeless in the U.S., and 40 percent identify as LGBT persons, about the size of the capital city.

Participants explored the disproportionate social issue in a city that played a large role in the beginning of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement.

During the trip, students grew to understand the needs of the LGBT community’s homeless. They had a chance to visit historic Castro St., MCC San Francisco, the National AIDS Memorial Grove and more.

Advisor for the excursion was GLBT Center Director Justine Hollingshead. Team leader was Matthew Woodward, vice president of the Union Activities Board and NASPA undergraduate fellow. : :

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.