2016 Infographic

2016 - 2018 Strategic Goals

In the next three years, Break Away will focus on five key areas:


Reflect our commitment to diversity and social justice in all aspects of our work, including Break Away itself.

Active Citizens

Support active citizens to become the most prominent contributors to the health of Break Away, alternative break programs, and their communities.


Work together with alternative breakers and community partners to create the most compelling community impact reporting in the country.


Improve the quality, value, and reach of our membership and core trainings.


Broadly influence the fields of community engagement and community-based learning through the Break Away model and practices of active citizenship.

2015 Annual Report

It was one of the biggest years on record for Break Away, alternative breaks, and the movement of active citizens. Want the impressive numbers and compelling narrative? Curious minds should take a look at our 2015 Annual Report.

National Chapter Survey

Each year, Break Away asks our Chapter schools to participate in a grueling Survey Monkey inquisition into their programs. We're happy to say that 78% of our schools responded this year, giving us the chance to collectively report practices, strengths, and trends — which inform our National Chapter Survey Report.

2016 National Chapter Survey Results

New this year, we also created an online tool that will help crunch the numbers from alternative break programs and institutions similar to your own.

2016 NCS Analysis Tool

National Awards

Every spring, Break Away is happily awash in nominations submitted for consideration in our National Awards. All nominations are reviewed by committees made up of past winners, current constituents, past Break Away staff and past/present members of the Break Away Board of Directors. We present awards during the Alternative Break Citizenship schools, where we share with our community the innovations, improvements, and contributions to the Movement that etched our winners into the annals of AB history.

It’s our honor to highlight the remarkable work being done with alternative break programs, active citizens, and communities nationwide:

Alternative Break Program of the Year
Active Citizen of the Year
Alternative Break Staff Person of the Year
Community Partner of the Year
Alternative Break T-Shirt of the Year

Haiti Compact

Shortly after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and aware of limited volunteer ability to assist with post-disaster relief, Break Away wrote to our schools asking them not to send trips to Haiti. We heard back: "Okay - but if not now, then when?" The Haiti Compact was a response - in pursuit of thoughtfully providing long-term, collaborative assistance to communities in Haiti through alternative breaks. During the summer of 2010 the five founding universities did an exploratory trip to Haiti and have been working collectively in the four years since, through direct service efforts, advocacy, and awareness raising.

The five founding universities, along with Break Away, are American University, the College of William and Mary, Indiana University, Loyola Marymount University and the University of Maryland. Since the initial formation of the Compact, the University of Connecticut, Middlebury College, and Eastern Michigan University have become members.

Haiti Compact Report Haiti Compact Report: 4 Years Later

Press and Research