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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 that provides 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 that aim to address a community challenge in a sustainable way, are welcomed by the community and utilize unique the unique skills of its team members.


The ABP is open to students of the four undergraduate schools. Non-Columbia University students may participate as part of the project team; however, these students are ineligible for ABP support. All projects must work 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.