Ferguson Alternative Spring Break

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Ferguson Alternative Spring Break

with Scholarships for Program Leaders at Break Away Chapter Schools

Bringing the movement out of conversation and into action. "There is plenty to do."  - Patricia Bynes, Democratic Committeewoman and Ferguson ASB Co-Founder

Civic leaders and activists in Ferguson, Mo. have designed an alternative break experience as one of the next steps in their community’s rebuilding and healing process. Lead organizer Charles Wade, of Operation Help or Hush, has specifically invited Break Away Chapter Schools - both alternative break groups in need of service and Executive Board members interested in exploring longer-term partnerships - to be a part of this unique and transformative experience this spring. They've put together a compelling and financially accessible week; we're excited about the opportunity to have some of the best AB organizers in the country learn, serve, and share.

Ferguson Alternative Spring Break

$100 per participant (includes housing, three meals daily, on-site transportation, use of community center facilities, and a Ferguson ASB t-shirt);participants are responsible for their own travel to/from Ferguson.

The full registration form can be found here; participation fees are due in full by February 25th, 2015

Available dates:

  • March 7-14th
  • March 14-21st
  • March 21-28th
  • March 28-April 4th
  • April 4-11th

Service includes:

  • Community beautification projects
  • Ferguson food share collection and distribution
  • Homework help and tutoring
  • Voter education and registration
  • Assisting local businesses affected by unrest


  • Community organizing strategies
  • Legal observer training
  • Social media as a tool for social justice

Click here to register, or contact the Ferguson Alternative Spring Break team or Break Away with any questions.

Leaders and activists in Ferguson hope that these weeks will inspire further partnerships with campus programs and quality reorientation. This type of community-led and sustainable planning is exciting to Break Away, so we're happy to throw some support behind a few breakers who can report back to the broader movement:

Scholarships for Program Coordinators and Executive Board Members

Break Away and the North Carolina College Personnel Association have four $50 scholarships to award to individual program coordinators and Executive Board members to participate in this year’s Ferguson Alternative Spring Break, with the expressed purpose of providing an opportunity for programs to consider the feasibility of a multi-year commitment to the Ferguson community.


Selected individuals will have $50 of their $100 participation fee covered (which covers housing, all food, and on-site transportation), and may attend any of the 5 available weeks; you are responsible for travel costs to/from Ferguson.

  • Scholarship recipients will submit, upon returning to campus, a recommendation as whether to pursue a multi-year commitment to Ferguson.
  • Recipients will also be responsible for contributing a guest post to the Break Away blog, and may be asked to speak on a future National Conference Call.

To Apply

Please submit the following to breakaway@alternativebreaks.org by Friday, February 20th at 5pm ET:

  • Full name
  • University or college (must be a current Break Away Chapter School)
  • Program position
  • Graduation year
  • Major(s)
  • Week of availability (from the five options listed above)
  • Why are you interested in participating in a Ferguson Alternative Break? (no more than 100 words
  • Please articulate your program's interest in considering a long-term commitment to Ferguson, and how feasible this is for your program. (no more than 150 words)

Please send any questions about scholarships our way - by email breakaway@alternativebreaks.org or phone (404.919.7482). We love questions, so don't hesitate to reach out. Seriously.