Alternative Breaks Program
The Alternative Breaks Program (ABP) is a student organized and led program that provides opportunities for students to participate in meaningful direct service activities that address critical social issues. Throughout its history, the program has experienced growth in both the quantity of service projects and the quality of the students' experiences. Students are encouraged to serve in communities they may be unfamiliar with, do work they may not have done before, and build relationships with people they likely would not meet otherwise. Currently our program includes an Alternative Fall Break (AFB) and Alternative Spring Break (ASB).
Alternative Fall Break
This program provides an exciting opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the City of Springfield and the Greater Springfield Community, develop an understanding of its history and points of pride, and work closely with our community partners to support their efforts to address those issues impacting the community. This year AFB will be from November 18-November 20, 2016 and will be traveling to Rutland, MA to work with Heifer International. Interested students should contact Emma Seils (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a week long immersion experience where students live and serve in other communities across the country as an alternative to the traditional spring break destinations. Signing up for ASB is a year long commitment that emphasizes self-awareness, multicultural team development, and social justice through participation in educational trainings and community service projects that take place before, during, and after student trips. The purpose of ASB is for students to engage in open dialogues and learn through a process of exploring ideas and beliefs, listening to one another's experiences, observing the wisdom and talents demonstrated by others, and serving the community.