November 1, 2017 | Atlanta Community Gathering
Organizations who work with volunteer groups in the greater Atlanta area are invited to join Break Away and the National Park Service Southeast Region for a half-day of professional development, networking, and collaboration. Learn more and RSVP or contact us with questions!
National Conference Calls
October 24, 2017 | Contextualizing Service through Education, Orientation, and Training
On this call, we discuss the ways in which community organizations can support students' development of the educational framework for an alternative break. Essentially - how can community organizations best support students in learning more about the work organization does, your clients or constituents, and the projects volunteers work on in order to help create life-long learners and advocates for your organization.
This call features David Tana from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 2016 Break Away Community Partner of the Year.
January 12, 2017 | Focusing on Community Impact in Alternative Breaks
This call addresses the myriad ways community organizations and alternative break programs are centering the impact volunteerism has on communities, not only student volunteers.
February 2016 | Year-round Involvement with Alternative Breaks
On this call, we discuss the unique opportunities alternative break groups represent for your organization; ways to deepen the volunteer experience with education, orientation, and training; and the best methods for staying in communication with volunteer groups year-round.
May 2015 | Alternative Breaks and the National Park Service
This call introduced National Park units to alternative breaks and how to utilize these dedicated students in volunteer and civic-engagement programs. This call specifically addresses how these volunteers are are ready to answer A Call to Action – helping to develop life-long connections to the parks.
This call features NPS Director Jon Jarvis and Ranger Todd Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator for Grand Canyon National Park.
February 2015 | Reorientation: Turning Alternative Break Volunteers into Advocates and Organizers
This call introduced community organizations to the alternative breaks model, focusing on the concept of Reorientation – the process by which individuals transfer the lessons learned on-break by reorganizing into communities of action on campus and in their lives.
This call features Bianca Vazquez of the Steinbruck Center.
December 2014 | Best Practices for Working with Alternative Break Programs
This call is focused on providing community partners and intermediary organizations with a better understanding of the alternative break model and how to work with our volunteers. We share tools and resources such as work plans, rubrics, and impact stories to both plan and assess alternative break projects with community partners.
This call features Break Away Programs Directors Anna Dausman and Robert Burack.