Alternative Break Citizenship schools

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

The Alternative Break Citizenship schools (ABCs) are 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.

Part conference, part model alternative break, the ABCs combine workshops and planning sessions with an alternative break experience.

The result is a dynamic learning opportunity that underscores learning in workshops and fostering connection with student and staff leaders from campuses nationwide.

In light of coronavirus, we are forgoing our traditional four in-person conferences spread around the country and are excited about the opportunity to adapt to a virtual format. We will explore ways to continue service learning and alternative breaks through online experiences and hyperlocal service to ensure the safety of our communities. 

Please join us on Zoom for the Virtual ABCs!

Cultivating Active Antiracism in Response to Unjust Policing

Sparked by the recent murders of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd by police, but informed by the deep history of white supremacy in the United States, people across the nation are protesting the injustices that Black people face. The policing of Black bodies in the US is woven throughout history. We’ll be tracing this oppression through the evolution of the criminal justice system —  from slavery to Jim Crow laws to the modern-day Prison Industrial Complex. At our two virtual ABCs this summer, participants will explore this history and craft a framework for antiracist action. We’ll be working with StoryCorps to practice our dialogue skills, giving participants the opportunity to plan a conversation with a family member or friend around the uprising for Black lives. 

*The ABCs will contain education, service, and discussion about racial violence and anti-Blackness, which may be triggering for some.

We’re offering two sessions for your convenience:

FRIDAY 7.10 - SUNDAY 7.12
MONDAY 7.27 - WEDNESDAY 7.29

There’s a lot of content packed into three days! During that time, we’ll be delivering the core pieces of our curriculum: diversity + social justice, the learning components, reflection, and community impact. Participants will engage in group sessions covering the details and best practices of alternative breaks. The service component and small group reflection will focus on racial justice and antiracism.

Virtual Sample Schedule

We know this is a time of rapid change and we’re committed to working with schools as they continue to adapt programming. In addition to the three days of workshops, we’ll be offering continued support for ABCs participants through the fall. This includes a post-ABCs consultation call with a member of our team and access to webinars focused on additional topics (including full engagement, reorientation, branding, recruitment + selections, and funding). 

For more information on our decision to go virtual for the ABCs, see our COVID-19 Updates page.