Trainings

for Alternative Break Programs:

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 and July), with the locations and issues advertised and registration opened in mid-March. Advantage membership includes a free registration to an ABCs of choice. Conference fees range $586 - $807 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.

Training Overview Workshop Descriptions Sample Retreat Agendas Training Interest Form

Alternative Break Staff Advisor Training

Twice a year, typically in the fall (Staff Development Summit) and during the summer at an ABCs (Staff Track), 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.

2017 Staff Development Summit Information 2018 ABCs Staff Track Information

for Community Organizations:

Break Away Trainings

Once or twice a year, Break Away hosts in-person, half-day to full-day trainings for Community Organization staff who work with volunteer groups, particularly alternative breaks. These trainings are dedicated to building stronger relationships among organizations involved in similar work, providing information on resources and best practices in the field, and sharing lessons learned from our nearly 30 years of supporting alternative break programs. Prices range from free to $150 depending on the event. Scholarships available.

2017 ATL Community Gathering

Individualized Consultation & Training

Break Away conducts one or two-day trainings or retreats tailored to the specific needs of organizations. We work directly with org staff to develop an agenda and training session that will give attendees the tools needed to build and sustain a thriving volunteer program. Much like our training work with colleges and universities, our work with volunteer management staff is through the specific lens of immersive community-based learning experiences, though lessons are transferrable to organizations who work with short-term volunteers in any capacity.

Options include building and developing an alternative break program; community impact assessment, diversity & social justice as well as other specialized training sessions; facilitation of strategic planning meetings and program consultation and evaluation. Retreats cost between $800 - $3000 plus travel/accommodations and is dependent on size of group and length of training. Scholarships available.

Community Organization Workshop Descriptions