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 participants the tools they need to be effective community leaders and facilitators of lifelong active citizenship.

Agendas are tailored to each institution's unique needs and desired audience. Training options include strategic planning, foundations for effective community-engaged learning, specialized workshops, program consultation and evaluation, and train the trainer workshops.

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Professional Development

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 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.

2018 Staff Development Summit Information 2019 ABCs Staff Track Information

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.

for Community Organizations:

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.

Community Organization Workshop Descriptions Training Interest Form

Break Away Trainings

Once 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. If you're interested in attending or hosting a training, reach out to us!