Service to others is at the core of the FBRA mission and vision. Whether it is spending a week in rural Costa Rica working with the Peace Corps to restore mangrove forest ecosystems, performing stream restoration work with Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, or working with underserved students at a local elementary school, FBRA graduates experience a wide range of exposure to local and international issues. FBRA graduates have a clear and concrete sense of what it means to contribute to the betterment of society.
During their enrollment, students have the opportunity to work over a series of months and even years on a long-term local project such as stream restoration or building a playground with Asheville GreenWorks, thus giving them a concrete, start-to-finish service experience with tremendous sense of accomplishment when it’s all done. Closer to home, our students give back to FBRA by helping to maintain the grounds and gardens, and even creating structures like the outdoor classroom. It’s not just labor either; the students plan within a budget, go shopping for needed supplies, and learn requisite skills from local landscapers and/or contractors.