The NYU Alternative Breaks Program gives students the opportunity to participate in a yearlong experience exploring social, political, and cultural dynamics of a community. Each year, over 280 students travel throughout 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. Through learning and practice, students explore the theory of integrating service, education, and reflection to create meaningful change in their communities. Contributions to this Fund help to underwrite expenses for students participating in the NYU Alternative Breaks Program.
As with any volunteer program, cost is a factor. The Alternative Breaks Program is partially subsidized by the NYU Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Serivce, but each student accepted into the program must fundraise to help underwrite their experience. The NYU Center for Student Activities, Leadership and Service and the Alternative Breaks Program welcomes your support by making a tax-deductible gift to the NYU Alternative Breaks Program. Any support you can offer is greatly appreciated!
After submitting our brief form below, you will be guided to the University's on-line giving site where you will be able to process your gift via a secured system. Please check off the "Memorial/Honorary Gift" box on the next page and include the participant's name as the honorary recipient.
Please complete the contribution card and return it with your gift to the following address:
NYU Center for Student Activities, Leadership & Service
Alternative Breaks Program
c/o Amira Shouman
60 Washington Square South, 704
New York, NY 10012
Upon receipt of your gift, you will receive an official New York University receipt, which may be used to substantiate an income tax charitable deduction.
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-998-4997.
During winter break I had the opportunity to serve with ProWorld in Ghana, West Africa in supporting HIV/AIDS education and outreach. Within a couple days of service, eight people visited the clinic and all were tested positive for HIV. Because of our work, these eight people now have the knowledge to protect themselves and others and the resources to be treated and live out a better life than before. The academic course and my alternative Breaks experience has opened my mind, eyes, and heart to important issues that affect our world – I can’t image not having this experience, for I’ve been fortunate to make a difference in the lives of others as well as my own. ~ Rania Ashraf, NYU College of Arts and Science, 2010
Freshman year, I went on my first Alternative Breaks trip, and I haven't stopped ever since. This year I plan to go on my fifth Alternative Breaks experience, and couldn't be more excited. Alternative Breaks was the reason I decided not to transfer from NYU, and get involved with the community service initiatives available here. Alternative Breaks is a refreshing and amazing organization that enables students to understand important social issues and immerse themselves in service. Alternative Breaks is simply the greatest cause that could be supported! ~ Payal Aggarwal, NYU College of Arts and Science, 2011
Alternative Breaks has changed my life by helping me change other people's lives. This past winter break, I travelled to Galveston, Texas for hurricane relief and had the opportunity to rebuild a house for a family that has been displaced for the last 8 months. The look on the man's face as we put up walls for him was priceless; it also allowed me to take a moment and realize just how blessed I am in my own life. ~ Aashish Shah, NYU Stern School of Business, 2011
The Alternative Breaks Program produces high caliber students that are fully engaged in the course material and service with the community. The students are clearly well trained and committed to public service in a fashion that is very unique and well beyond that of a regular student in a service-learning class. This level of commitment is both refreshing and inspiring, making teaching service-learning courses with a passion for community a reality. ~ Diana Lugo-Martinez, adjunct faculty, NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service