Collegiate Challenge

Collegiate Challenge is Habitat for Humanity’s year-round alternative break program. Begun in 1989, Collegiate Challenge is designed to empower communities and create environments where exchange and interaction between student groups and community residents can take place. The program provides opportunities for students from colleges, high schools and youth groups to spend a week of their school break volunteering in partnership with a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the United States. Thanks to meaningful Collegiate Challenge experiences, many students continue to work with Habitat for Humanity well beyond their school breaks.

We love the Collegiate Challenge volunteer groups who choose to spend their Spring Break helping Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County build affordable homes for low income families in Southeast Texas.  Every year, we get groups from colleges all over the US, and each student is a treasure to us.  They work HARD and after the work day, they explore Southeast Texas to see all the sights.

Each group of students is unique and vital to us performing our mission.  We could not be more grateful that they choose to spend a week here with us, instead of on a beach somewhere.  It’s a sacrifice for them, and a gift to Habitat.  Some colleges come once, some come year after year.  It is an amazing experience for us and for the students involved. Every once in a while, the students get creative and make a video of their trip. Here are a few of the most excellent videos of Collegiate Challenge with HFHOJC.