Alternative Break Citizenship schools

The definitive leadership experience for campuses focused on student-driven alternative break programs.

The Alternative Break Citizenship schools (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.

2019 Sample Schedule

We were hoping for another full ABCs season, with 4 conferences spread around the country. In light of the pandemic, we've had to adjust those expectations. We'll only be hosting one in-person ABCs this summer and one virtually:

VIRTUAL ABCs | 7.10 - 7.12
brought to you via Zoom

PRINCE WILLIAM FOREST PARK, VIRGINIA | 7.26 - 7.31
in partnership with the National Park Service

We know attending an in-person ABCs won't be a good choice for everyone this year. That is why we'll also be offering a virtual version of the ABCs (or as close to it as we can get!) For more information, see our COVID-19 Updates page.