Each semester the incoming New Guy class of the Texas Blazers is tasked with a service project that they must develop over the course of the semester. New Guy projects have been a long tradition within the organization and have provided new members the opportunity to bond with each other, interact with other organizations around the community, and add to the legacy of the organization's commitment to service.
Fall 2017: Coats to the Coast
The Fall '17 New Guy Project, Coats to the Coast: Army Against Harvey, consisted of campus events such as a rubber duck race to fundraise for recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Texas Blazers made two service trips to Port Aransas in November and December of 2017 to work hands on with the community, cleaning up debris and aiding in reconstruction.
Spring 2017: Solidarity against slavery
The Spring '17 New Guy Project, Solidarity Against Slavery, was a collaborative effort with Allies Against Slavery and The Refuge to raise awareness of modern forms of slavery. The project included events at Gregory Plaza, a Fireside Chat with an expert panel in the Union Building, and a benefit concert at Space 24 Twenty. Solidarity Against Slavery raised over $3,500 through the Spring '17 class Cheap Lunch and Freedom Fest fundraisers. All profits were donated to The Refuge, a home-away restoration community for survivors of sex trafficking.
Fall 2016: A DRIVE TO PROVIDE
This project included collecting donations for refugees in the Austin area. With the help of multiple organizations and other fellow students, this new guy class was able to assist refugee families as they transitioned to their new homes by organizing a drive to collect everyday household items to donate to families.
The New Guys collected goods from November 14-18, 2016 . In addition to creating the drive, the New Guys also set up fundraisers to donate to larger refugee assisting organizations in the Austin area.
Ultimately, this New Guy Project sought to welcome refugees to their new homes and ensure that they have the resources they need to smoothly adjust to their new lives.
SPRING 2016: CAMP CAMP
#NamesNotLabels sought to show that differently-abled individuals have unhindered skills, interests and passions. Having a disability is only one aspect of a person; when a person is referred to only by their disability, it suppresses the value of their name, their heart, and their character. With this campaign, the New Guys of Spring 2016 and the rest of the organization continues hope to end that mentality.
Texas Blazers was thrilled to contribute to this conversation by spotlighting just a few of the incredible students on campus with different abilities throughout our Week of Inclusion. Additionally, the Spring 2016 New Guys will be hosted several events on campus to engage students in the promotion of #NamesNotLabels and the celebration of the important roles and perspectives that differently-abled individuals bring to the UT Austin community.
Fall 2015: MeNCANEND
The Fall 2015 New Guy Class of Blazers created the MenCanEnd project that held a variety of events, including a screening and facilitation of the documentary "The Mask You Live In", a fair of campus and local resources for survivors, and a fundraising banquet for the Voices Against Violence (VAV) Survivor's Emergency Fund, featuring UT's Vice-President of Student Affairs, and a performance by Spitshine Poetry . At the conclusion of the fundraiser, Texas Blazers donated $4,500 to the Voices Against Violence fund.
Due to reoccurring interest in this mission, the organization created a committee of Blazers to continue MenCanEnd as its own project.
-Past New Guy Projects coming soon-