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About the Alternative Break Program

Mission Statement

The Alternative Break Program (ABP) fosters student leadership development, as well as a life-long interest in and commitment to civic engagement through supporting student-driven, solution-based, civic engagement projects on academic breaks.

Vision and Values Statement

The ABP is a student-led and administrator-managed program providing programmatic and financial support for the independent development of students and leadership of domestic or international civic-engagement projects over spring or summer breaks. The ABP supports and develops civic-engagement projects aiming to address a community challenge in a sustainable way, are welcomed by the community, and utilize the unique skills of its team members.


The ABP is open only to students of the four undergraduate schools. All projects must work closely with a community partner (either an individual or group/organization) within the community.

Alternative Break Program


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-1371

9:00 a.m.–5:00p.m.