Justice-Based Leadership

Below are just some examples of the types of workshops we facilitate, either as a single session or as a collection of sessions. 

If you are interested in a full justice-based leadership retreat, we’ll work with you to come up with a curriculum plan specific to your institution’s or organizations’ needs.

Training Interest Form

School + Community Leadership

These workshops are for student +  youth leaders and education professionals who seek to center justice in their communities and on their campus. While these workshops are not specific to service learning or alternative breaks, they can be used in conjunction with AB program development workshops.

Active Citizenship

Alternative breaks serve as a catalyst to support the development of Active Citizens, or people who put community as a priority in their values and life choices. Using Break Away’s service engagement model, Active Citizen Continuum, staff and student leaders outside of alternative breaks can apply the tenets of Active Citizenship to their lives, their campuses, and their communities.

In this workshop, participants will come to understand their own Active Citizen story, and how to communicate this foundation to interested and involved communities. 

Cultivating Active Antiracism

Sparked by the racial uprising of 2020, and informed by the deep history of white supremacy in the United States, this workshop traces oppression through the evolution of the criminal justice system —  from slavery to Jim Crow laws to the modern-day Prison Industrial Complex. Participants will explore this history and craft a framework for antiracist action.

 

Student Leaders as Facilitators

Student leaders play an integral role in the service leadership and community engagement. This workshop ensures that student leaders, chosen because of their ability and potential to guide a peer group, have the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfill specific leadership roles through active facilitation.

Coalition Building

Coalitions are formed by differing types of organizations to address an agreed upon issue. These are often complicated and messy, but they also have the power to define a movement.

In this workshop, we utilize an asset-based framework to explore the process of designing and managing coalitions to enhance community building. Mobilization within and across movements takes time, patience, humility, and dedication. By proactively identifying roadblocks and potential trouble-spots within our coalitions, we discover more robust opportunities for community change.

Participants will turn ideas into future actions that aid in the creation and coordination of sustainable coalitions.

Community Partnership Development

The commitment to building reciprocal relationships with communities and community organizations is at the center of quality service learning and community engagement.

This workshop explores how our community-centric ethic plays into selecting and building new community partnerships; multi-year collaboration and long-term partnership development; pre-engagement relationship building; collaborative service planning and project goal setting; and post-engagement communication.

Ethical Storytelling

Storytelling is a powerful tool in justice work. It can also be dangerous. For decades, volunteers have been traveling to communities that are not their own, working alongside organizations, and returning home with a story to tell. Because of the power differentials inherent in service work, the stories we tell, unless intentionally disrupted, can perpetuate harmful narratives about communities that welcome us in.

In this workshop, we dive into the challenging concept of ethical storytelling in immersive service work, the dangers of perpetuating single-story narratives, and the power in sharing stories that ultimately contribute to dismantling systems of oppression.

Leading the Frontlines: Tools for Young Leaders

In the current movement for Black lives and in many other justice-based movements, youth are taking roles as leaders and movement makers. This workshop will help participants understand various roles in leadership while considering their own identity through self-awareness practices.

Participants leave with tools and resources for leading on the frontlines of justice movements.

School + Community Leadership Workshop Descriptions PDF

Alternative Break Program Development

No matter what stage of development your alternative break program is in, these workshops will aid in strengthening and sustaining your program, making the pivot towards virtual and hyper-local service in the midst of a global pandemic, and approach service learning with a justice-centric lens.

Identity Works + Social Justice

Without the lens of social justice, alternative breaks can be simple volunteer work, with the pitfalls that come with working indiscriminately within systems of power and oppression. This workshop guides alternative break leaders to an increased personal identity awareness and ownership around social groups.

Participants discover how service work is tied to multiple dimensions of power, privilege, and oppression, and gain strategies of using service to work in solidarity and act as engaged community partners.

Learning Components (EOT)

The learning components – education, orientation, and training (EOT) – are the meaning makers of an alternative break experience. They provide context for the service and connect reflection and service to create a quality and sustainable experience.

In this workshop, participants learn how EOT connects to service and how they benefit the community and the break team. We also discuss the most effective ways to engage group members in educational content – prioritizing experiential learning opportunities, strategies for all learning styles, and types of activities to increase student retention.

Community Impact

With alternative break programs situated on college campuses, much of the measure of program success has centered on student development. With the growing sophistication of service programs, the demand to demonstrate the impact on communities is increasing.

Workshop participants will develop strategies for working toward a more positive community impact – including centering reciprocity and working to increase organizational capacity, while simultaneously learning to adapt and utilize measurement tools (such as assessment reports and surveys) to their alternative break experiences.

Reflection

Reflection is the process by which participants mentally and emotionally synthesize direct service and the learning components, helping participants critically examine their service work and the root causes of the related social issues.

This workshop provides insight into the nuts and bolts of reflection, and allows for the development of ideas for group and individual reflection that promote a deeper understanding of social justice issues.

Reorientation

Reorientation aides in the process of becoming an active citizen. It’s the process in which breakers transfer lessons learned from their trips upon returning back to campus. Without reorientation, alternative breaks are less effective stand-alone experiences.

In this workshop, participants define action through the pillars of active citizenship.

Recruitment + Selections

Strategic recruitment (getting the word out) and selections (picking participants for your trip) processes help ensure that alternative break programs grow in a healthy and sustainable manner. In this workshop, program leaders create recruitment goals and define how those goals fit into the program’s overall strategic plan.

Participants will leave with tactics to ensure a diverse application pool by uncovering ways that bias seeps into our selections processes.

Co-Leader Partnerships

A strong partnership between co-leaders creates a diversity and balance in leadership styles – diminishing weaknesses and amplifying strengths – to the benefit of the group. But it’s not just about getting along. Partnerships are about creating a shared vision and actively supporting each other in its pursuit.

In this workshop, participants generate a shared vision for the partnership and for the group. They leave with ground rules for working together and holding each other accountable through assessing personal leadership styles and using the results to have concrete discussions about personal strengths.

Branding

Whether or not your program has an expressed brand, chances are that people all across campus have heard (or need to hear) about your work with alternative breaks. Strong brands tell the program’s story – helping to build a strong culture that recruits participants, garners support, and raises funds.

In this workshop, participants connect their program values to brand decisions, learn the components of a brand and build the program’s brand elements, and develop methods for using the brand in consistent and compelling ways across the program.

Sustainable Funding

Fundraising can be a challenging aspect of alternative breaks, but much of the associated stress can be alleviated with solid planning and simple practices. Starting with a look at budgeting, participants examine past fundraising initiatives with the criteria of efficiency and effectiveness, and move away from one-time fundraising events to commit to strategic fundraising campaigns.

Participants uncover how building both cash and in-kind strategies to meet program needs happens through building authentic stakeholder relationships.

Strategic Planning

Built for the creation of a sustainable alternative break program, this workshop is designed for programs interested in reviewing, solidifying, and refocusing their current efforts. If you’re new to the Movement, launch your program with the strongest possible foundation.

Participants build a plan to guide your program for years to come by focusing on organizational structure, redefining roles and program culture, and engaging in evaluation and assessment mapping.

AB Program Development Workshop Descriptions PDF

Institutional Leadership

The following workshops serve to provide a foundation for community organizations, community leaders, and for-profit businesses to center social justice, equity, and antiracism in their work.

Diversity, Equity, + Inclusion

Communities and organizations alike are at their best when all voices are heard. This workshop helps leaders increase personal identity awareness and ownership around social groups; learn how community work is tied to multiple dimensions of power, privilege, and oppression; and adopt strategies for creating positive organizational change that allows for everyone to thrive.

Building Stronger Communities Through Active Citizenship

Break Away is a national nonprofit organization committed to the development of Active Citizens – people who make community a priority in everyday values and life choices. Active Citizens know that there’s no such thing as “not my issue” and justice work is stronger when done collectively. As participants in communities, Active Citizens harness and contribute their unique skills and interests to create abundance.

In this workshop, we define Active Citizenship, talk about possible steps to develop this identity, address the myths that exist around the concept, and use a critical lens to deconstruct associated terminology: community, citizen, and the stages of the Active Citizen Continuum.

Cultivating Active Antiracism

Sparked by the racial uprising of 2020, and informed by the deep history of white supremacy in the United States, this workshop traces oppression through the evolution of the criminal justice system —  from slavery to Jim Crow laws to the modern-day Prison Industrial Complex. Participants will explore this history and craft a framework for antiracist action.

Resisting Performative Allyship

There have been many critiques of allyship as both a concept and identity. Without proper education, planning, and execution, volunteers and social justice practitioners can make mistakes with serious ramifications for those they intend to support. When service and social justice exist in silos, it’s difficult to connect values to meaningful, direct action.

Using Tania D. Mitchell’s model for critical service-learning, we will discuss the differences between charity and justice work and share strategies to move toward a solidarity approach to service.

Queer + Trans Advocacy and Action

From 1969’s Stonewall riot to the Supreme Court’s 2020 ruling providing safer workplaces for queer and trans people, the LGBTQ+ movement has a long and evolving history. In this workshop, we will infuse current LGBTQ+ terminology with institutional and organizational polices and practices that make our communities more queer and trans inclusive.

Identity-Based Activism

Based on the data from a national study chronicled in the book, Identity-Based Student Activism: Power + Oppression on College Campuses, co-author and researcher Dr. Meg E. Evans shares strategies and approaches to supporting identity-based activists and activism to make our campuses and organizations ripe for change.

Virtual Facilitation Strategies

In the midst of the 2020 global pandemic, everything’s gone virtual. This workshop ensures leaders have the skills and knowledge necessary to facilitate meaningful, engaging, and comprehensive virtual trainings.

Participants uncover the difference between leading and facilitating, learn three core facilitation styles, set goals, utilize tools, and develop structures for workshop facilitation.

Coalition Building Through Emergent Strategy

Coalitions are often complicated and messy, but they also have the power to define a movement. In this workshop, we utilize an asset-based framework to explore the process of designing and managing coalitions to enhance community building. Mobilization within and across movements takes time, patience, and dedication. By proactively identifying roadblocks and potential trouble-spots within our coalitions, we discover more robust opportunities for community change.

Participants will turn ideas into future actions that aid in the creation and coordination of sustainable coalitions.

Community-Centric Ethics

The commitment to building reciprocal relationships with communities and community organizations is at the center of a quality community engagement.

This workshop explores how our community-centric ethic plays into selecting and building new community partnerships; multi-year collaboration and long-term partnership development; pre-engagement relationship building; collaborative service planning and project goal setting; and post-engagement communication.

Ethical Storytelling

Storytelling is a powerful tool in justice work. It can also be dangerous. For decades, volunteers have been traveling to communities that are not their own, working alongside organizations, and returning home with a story to tell. Because of the power differentials inherent in service work, the stories we tell, unless intentionally disrupted, can perpetuate harmful narratives about communities that welcome us in.

In this workshop, we dive into the challenging concept of ethical storytelling in immersive service work, the dangers of perpetuating single-story narratives, and the power in sharing stories that ultimately contribute to dismantling systems of oppression.

Leading the Frontlines: Tools for Young Leaders

In the current movement for Black lives and in many other justice-based movements, youth are taking roles and leaders and movement makers. This workshop will help participants understand various roles in leadership while considering their own identity through self-awareness practices.

Participants leave with tools and resources for leading on the frontlines of justice movement.

Strategic Planning

Built for the creation of sustainable organizations, this workshop is designed for communities interested in reviewing, solidifying, and refocusing their current efforts, or starting an organization with the strongest possible foundation. Participants will build a plan to guide your organization for years to come by focusing on organizational structure, redefining roles and organizational culture, and engaging in evaluation and assessment mapping.

Institutional Leadership Workshop Descriptions PDF Training Interest Form Training Flyer PDF

Not seeing what you’re looking for? Email meg@alternativebreaks.org to see if we can accommodate your workshop topic requests.