You’ve heard the ABCS are a unique conference experience, but what does that look like in practice? This FAQ section is intended to answer any lingering questions you may have.
Much like a traditional alternative break, the ABCS are an immersive experience. In short, the ABCS are intense. Our virtual experience will be as well. Our days will begin at 12pm EDT (9am PDT) and evening reflections can go until 6:00pm EDT (3:00pm PDT).
We believe the ABCS are an experience we create together (Break Away staff, Team Leaders, and participants). And like many things, you get out of the ABCS what you put into them. For that reason, we strive to create an environment where people are participating fully and we recognize that may look different for everyone. We want participants to take time to meet their own needs and we’re eager to work with you to make that happen.
We encourage people to start by taking a look at the conference sample schedule. We’ve included additional breaks this year and will provide participants with ideas that encourage you to make the most out of the breaks (i.e. things to do other than scroll on your phone).
We’ve tried to outline the most frequently asked schedule questions here, but encourage you to reach out to discuss further. We won’t expect you to disclose or discuss a disability or other particulars unless you feel comfortable. We believe accommodations are a fundamental right.
As part of an alternative break experience, the ABCS includes an emphasis on service as an opportunity to support, learn from, and build relationships with the community.
This year, we are focusing on civic engagement as an alternative to direct service. We’re still working out what that looks like for this summer, but service could include phone/text banking, canvassing, writing postcards encouraging folks to vote, and other types of advocacy. Additionally, multiple workshops will discuss other meaningful ways to serve communities.
Updated April 2022
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