The definitive leadership experience for campuses focused on student-driven alternative break programs.
The ABCs are week-long experiential training sessions that provide college student and staff leaders the knowledge, skills, and connections they need to start or strengthen a quality alternative break program.
The ABCs combine workshops, discussions, and planning sessions within an actual alternative break experience. Throughout the week, participants spend time engaging in direct service work and in small group sessions that focus on the details and best practices of alternative breaks.
The result is a dynamic experiential learning opportunity that encourages participants to synthesize knowledge and skills gained in workshops with inspiring and educational contact with community members and other student and staff leaders from college campuses nationwide.Additional Information
The 2018 Alternative Break Citizenship schools (ABCs)
Hosted in partnership with Emory University
Registration for the Atlanta ABCs is currently full
The benefits of art in public places are countless - it promotes social cohesion, adds life and beauty to neighborhoods, and tells the stories of people and history often left in the margins. Atlanta has consistently invested in public art - in 2010, the Beltline project initiated the creation of a four-mile outdoor gallery for residents and visitors; five years later, the city launched its free Public Art Tour app; and in 2017, Atlanta invested 4.4 million dollars in new public art acquisition. An unanticipated consequence lies in the increasing demand for space - as communities develop, investment in public art can bring tensions over community identity to the forefront. This ABCs will consider the correlation between art and gentrification - specifically looking at the history of public art in Atlanta, the types of projects and artists that are supported and commissioned, and the complicated relationship between long-term residents and contemporary art initiatives.
The Atlanta ABCs will also feature a three-day staff development track. Staff who work with break programs have the opportunity to attend the full ABCs and switch into the staff track for the last three days, or to just come for the final three days, depending on program needs.
Registration for the Houston ABCs is currently full
Houston’s immigrant workforce, as many as three-quarters of whom are undocumented, were the first to enter areas affected by the hurricane to do the critical work of cleaning and rebuilding. Although crucial to the recovery process - laborers, especially immigrant laborers - often experience exploitation, unsafe working conditions, and wage theft. Organizations like The Workers Defense Project and Fe Y Justicia are among many who have implemented effective organizing strategies to improve occupational health and safety conditions for many low-wage workers in Texas: using formal unions and informal networks advocating for public safety campaigns and more inclusive policies. At this ABCs, we’ll partner with a variety of groups and resource centers in Texas who are making notable strides to protect the rights of workers.
Hosted in partnership with the University of Utah
Registration for the Salt Lake City ABCs is currently full
Hosted in partnership with the National Park Service