Professional Development

Resources for Community Organizations

Alternative Breaks 101 Break Away 101

Sample Student Leader Materials

Want to learn more about what students are expecting of Community Organizations?  These resources will give you a better sense of the tools schools are using to prepare trip leaders to communicate with community organizations and develop projects and partnerships.

Alternative Break Checklist for Student Leaders Rubric for Assessing Community Organization Relationships Essential Questions for your Community Organization Sample Project Plan - College of William & Mary

Sample Community Organization Materials

National Conference Calls

Every semester, we host a National Conference call featuring community organization members, Chapter schools, and leaders in the field.  Member organizations can contact us to get the recording and materials from past calls.


National Alternative Break Survey: Trends + Insights

Featuring Meghan Foley, Membership Director, Break Away


Asset-Based and Response-Driven: Community Work, Curriculum, and Storytelling

Featuring the Solutions Journalism Network and the Asset-Based Community Development Institute.

Compelling Branding & Marketing for Volunteer Recruitment

Featuring Lippincott (Brand & Innovation Consultancy) and student leaders from the University of California San Diego.


Contextualizing Service through Education, Orientation, and Training

Featuring the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 2016 Break Away Community Partner of the Year.

Focusing on Community Impact in Alternative Breaks

Featuring Harvest Farm and the College of William & Mary.

2015 - 2017

Year-round Involvement with Alternative Breaks

Featuring the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition and James Madison University

Alternative Breaks and the National Park Service

Featuring NPS Director Jon Jarvis and Grand Canyon National Park.

Reorientation: Turning Alternative Break Volunteers into Advocates and Organizers

Featuring the Steinbruck Center


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