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Alternative Break Citizenship schools (ABCs)

The highly regarded Alternative Break Citizenship schools, originally called "Boot Camps" when they debuted in 1993, are Break Away's signature experiential leadership training sessions that combine interactive best practice workshops and activities with an intensive 6-day alternative break experience. Break Away offers four of these national trainings throughout the summer (June, July, and the start of August), with the locations and issues advertised and registration opened in March/April. Advantage membership includes a free registration to an ABCs of choice. Conference fees range $560 - $775 depending on membership levels and registration deadlines.

Leadership & Program Development

Strategic Planning, Regional Trainings, Student and Staff Leader Retreats, and One-Day Events

Break Away conducts one or two-day trainings tailored to the specific needs of individual or multiple campuses. Break Away works directly with a host school (or schools) to develop an agenda and training session that will give campus leaders the tools they need to be effective team leaders and facilitators of lifelong active citizenship. Retreats cost between $600 - $3000 plus travel/accommodations, depending on size of group, length of training, number of campuses, and membership level.

Agendas vary by need and if Break Away facilitators will be working with site leaders, participants, executive boards, staff advisors or multiple campuses. Training options include alternative break basics, strategic planning, foundations of leading an alternative break, specialized workshops, program consultation and evaluation, and train the trainer workshops.

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Alternative Break Staff Summits

Twice a year, typically in the fall and during the summer at an ABCs, Break Away will partner with a campus to host a 1-2 day event for 25 - 35 alternative break staff advisors. Sessions are led by the host campus, Break Away staff, and outside authorities on subjects of interest. Past summits have included sessions on fundraising, collective work (compacts), program policy and liability, training student leaders, assessment, and community partner selection. Price ranges from $160 - $200 (plus travel/housing) based on membership level.

Community Impact Labs

In 2016, Break Away will be piloting Community Impact Labs - regional gatherings for volunteer supervisors at partner organizations that host alternative breakers. These Labs will be dedicated to developing stronger ties and practices in sustainable and sequential work with break programs, refinement of Community Impact Assessment tools and processes, as well as developing a body of best practices to be shared with the broader field.