American Eagle Outfitters

American Eagle Outfitters

As the proud sponsor of SCA’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program, AE empowers college students from all over the country to take action to conserve our environment. In spectacular locations like the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree National Park, adventure-seeking volunteers make a difference while making memories that last a lifetime. Each year, college-aged students perform a range of projects from removing invasive species to repairing and building new trails. Through AE Better World, American Eagle Outfitters’ year-round philanthropy program, the SCA also conducts recruiting activities on nearly 150 college campuses and in high schools nationwide.

“At American Eagle Outfitters, our mantra is Live Your Life, and we believe the SCA helps young people do just that,” states Marcie Eberhart, director of the American Eagle Outfitters Foundation. “It is a powerful partnership with tremendous potential.”

In addition to ASB, hundreds of teenage volunteers in five U.S. cities helped revitalize urban parks nationwide. Sponsored by American Eagle Outfitters, and in partnership with SCA, the Reclaim the Outdoors initiative debuted in Detroit, Houston, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington, DC. SCA members and participants from partnering community organizations and school groups engaged in projects ranging from building hiking trails to removing invasive species and cultivating urban farms.

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News, Stories & Projects

What a great day for a service project in the Crescent City! Bad weather forced us to reschedule the project earlier this month, so we were ecstatic to be back in New Orleans, this time with sunshine and clear blue skies. The weather was a great indicator of how we’d feel by the end of the day, with yet another fantastic project completed! Upon driving into the project site we finally saw the beautiful New Orleans edition of the “HeART This City” mural by street artist Totem.

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This Saturday Chicago showed us what it means to HeART This City! Over 50 volunteers gathered at Our Lady of Tepeyac School to spruce up the playground and finish an amazing mural by street artist Nina Palomba. We teamed up with local SCA leaders and staff and spent the morning with volunteers painting, mulching, and planting a butterfly garden in the school’s playground.

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We made it to the Windy City! This week, I arrived with the stellar “HeART this City” team and immediately set to prepping for Saturday’s event. Chicago has been warm and sunny, much to my surprise. Spring in this city is significantly nicer than I expected!

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Nina Palomba has a website full of her doodles and creations. But for her latest project, she worked on a much grander scale.

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CHICAGO, IL (April 10, 2014) – Student volunteers will create new play areas at a Chicago park while a renowned street artist creates a colorful mural at a local school during an Alternative Spring Break (ASB) project on April 12 conducted by the Student Conservation Association (SCA) and American Eagle Outfitters.

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