National Break Away Movement on the Hilltop

June 24, 2014

Bradley University will be a part of the national Break Away movement this summer.  Break Away teaches college students how to create Alternative Break programs during their spring, summer and winter breaks for students looking for volunteer opportunities. 

Bradley has teamed up with Illinois State University to serve as an Alternative Break Citizenship School this summer, one of only four sites nationwide.  This is the first time Bradley has hosted an ABC.  It’s expected 50-100 staff and students from all across the country will participate.  They will be on Bradley’s campus June 21-27 to participate in workshops and will volunteer with Bethany Community Church in Washington to help with continued tornado recovery.

During an Alternative Break, a group of college students engages in volunteer service, typically for a week. Alternative Break trips originated in the early 1980's as a counter to "traditional" spring break trips.  Each trip has a focus on a particular social issue, such as poverty, education reform, refugee resettlement, and the environment to name a few.  Students learn about the social issues and then perform week-long projects with local non-profit organizations.