Alternative Break Citizenship schools (ABCs)

National conferences for student and staff leaders in the Alternative Break movement

The highly regarded Alternative Break Citizenship schools, originally called "Boot Camps" when they debuted in 1993, are Break Away's signature experiential leadership training sessions that combine interactive best practice workshops and activities with an intensive 6-day alternative break experience. Break Away offers four of these national trainings throughout the summer (June and July), with the locations and issues advertised and registration opened in mid-March. Advantage membership includes a free registration to an ABCs of choice.

Justice-Based Leadership Trainings

For student + staff leadership, alternative break programs, community organizations, community leaders, and for-profit businesses

Break Away offers workshops and training retreats tailored to the specific needs of individual or multiple entities. We work directly with you to craft an agenda for your workshop or training retreat that will give participants the tools they need to be effective leaders and push the needle towards justice.

While Break Away is most known for supporting alternative break programs on college campuses, we serve as trainers and consultants for folks involved with community-based engagement in all forms. Over the past 30 years, we’ve developed a unique and interactive training style with a suite of curriculum to support the growth and development of nonprofit and community-based organizations who center justice in their work. 

Workshop Descriptions Training Interest Form Training Flyer PDF

*Note* In response to COVID-19, we have moved all of our programming virtual and the content for our fall 2020 workshops will reflect the shift of many institutions to virtual student + community leadership, service learning, and civic engagement.

Alternative Break Staff Development

Higher Ed staff and grad assistant leadership development opportunities

Twice a year, typically in the fall (Staff Development Summit) and during the summer at an ABCs (Staff Track), Break Away will partner with a campus to host a 2- or 3-day event for 25 - 35 campus and nonprofit staff. Sessions are led by the host campus, Break Away staff, and outside authorities on subjects of interest. Past summits have included sessions on fundraising, collective work (compacts), program policy and liability, training student leaders, assessment, and community partnership development.

2020 Staff Development Summit