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Alternative Breaks

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The Alternative Breaks Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about political and social community dynamics while becoming a catalyst for collaborative social change. Through learning and practice, students will explore the theory of integrating service, education, and reflection to create meaningful change in their communities.

Last year over 250 NYU students traveled across the world to spend their winter break, spring break and weekends working with various host communities on such issues as literacy, poverty, homelessness, racism, immigration, disaster relief, and the environment.

Mission: NYU Alternative Breaks fosters a community of active citizens by challenging participants to engage with social issues through a commitment to social justice education; strong, direct service; and reflection to create meaningful change in their respective communities.

Our vision is to create a community of lifelong active citizens who prioritize the pursuit of social justice: people who value the community as a priority when making life decisions. As part of the Alternative Break experience, participants will become more educated and experienced in all sides of a social issue. Upon return, they will be empowered to make more informed decisions and take meaningful action that supports a greater good. They will become contributing members of society and will weigh in on issues that impact their community.

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The NYU Center for Student Activities, Leadership & Service is a recipient of a Green Grant that helped purchase outdoor equipment that makes the environmental trips possible. Click the logo above to learn more about environmental sustainability at NYU.

The following are required for all AB participants:
  • REVEAL NIGHT: October 9, 2015
  • Diversity Training: TBA
  • Spring Service Day:  TBA
  • Year-End Gala: May 5, 2016
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