Developing Active Citizens

submission by BreakAway
Developing Active Citizens

Website

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www.alternativebreaks.org

Describe the creative youth microprojects that your nonprofit would fundraise for if you win.

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Break Away has 160+ college chapters across the country. Alternative Breaks are service immersion programs that send students to communities across the world on a variety of social issues. These programs range from a weekend to multiple weeks in length. If selected, Break Away would raise funds for micro-grants to give to various alternative break programs that were proposing alternative break trips focused on K-12 education. These programs allow for a group of college students to do service with a school or education program. During the program, participants work to improve the organization’s capacity or directly with younger students. To qualify for the micro-grant, the program would have to include meaningful contact between the college and younger students. These programs both expand the capacity of the education provider and provide mentoring for the younger students. The college students have time to reflect on the experience so that they may develop into more active citizens.

Explain how possibly gaining funding through the Give for Youth platform would better able you to complete these projects.

Break Away is a national nonprofit, although only has three staff. Break Away manages relationships with our chapter schools and 400+ community partners. Additionally, Break Away holds trainings for student and staff leaders, along with other programs, that move the active citizen movement forward. Therefore, Break Away is not able to give these types of grants to programs without additional support. This grant will let Break Away encourage colleges to send more trips focused on education. Education is currently the fourth most common social issue schools focus on during alternative breaks, committing over 37,000 hours of service last year. Break Away’s goal is that these programs focusing on education develop stronger service and meaningful interactions with students. This funding will let Break Away encourage colleges to not just send education focused trips; it will encourage them to send trips that can be a real part of a plan to improve school environments and student education.

Describe why your nonprofit is innovative and entrepreneurial.

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After leading alternative breaks for 20+ years, Break Away is still innovative and strongly entrepreneurial. Entrepreneurs have to find solutions to problems with the resources they have, not the resources they want. Break Away leads a movement of 17,000+ students annually with a full-time staff of three. The organization is guided by the universal principle of thrift; Break Away is committed to being the best stewards of our resources. When it comes to innovation, Break Away has been a thought leader in the field of alternative breaks for over 20 years. Despite this, Break Away is still innovating new ideas. This includes the Haiti Compact, which is a group of schools committed to sending students to Haiti for multiple years in order to make a sustainable impact. The other recent program launched was the Society of Active Citizens. This is our alumni program that focuses on organizing community efforts of graduates from alternative breaks into a more collective movement.

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Speaking from experience, the work Break Away does for alternative breaks provides the opportunity for meaningful connection that progress the impact of service trips. Pairing experience and critical thinking, alternative break trips develop leaders and are nothing less than utterly transformational.

by elizabeth.coates.756
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I LOVE BREAK AWAY!

by mstohler
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Break Away is truly a leader in empowering our world of active citizens. Glad to know and be part of the organization!

by jayhawkbrooke@gmail.com
almost 2 years ago | Reply

"Real and permit good in the world." OK, I know this goal statement is already taken by Carnegie, yet I can

by fran.porter
almost 2 years ago | Reply

continued . . .
yet I can see that the Break Away students do not only real good on site, but also through their attention and commitment to the process of engaged listening, study, and practical preparation as well as meaningful follow-up, they are prepared to make permit good through their futures as effective community leaders

by fran.porter
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Break Away makes positive impact in our community and in our minds!

by kkapetanovic
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I love what Break Away stands for, creating great community minded leaders. Don't we all need to realize that we can have an impact no matter where we live. I have seen the products of the work this organization does, and let me tell you, its pretty amazing! Who knows, maybe you have a neighbor right now who was and alternative breaker... oh, but you would know, because they are awesome!

by nguymon
almost 2 years ago | Reply

We are sending out 100 participants on Spring Break. Without Break Away, this wouldn't have been possible! Vote for them!

by jmwilson86
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Active citizens making an global impact! I experienced the impact that ABers have in this world. Volunteered, lead, and participated in FIU's AB Program for 3 years, building a school in Nicaragua!

by haseternity
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Break Away is an organization that is truly creating change and making an impact on our world! By supporting civic engagement and active citizenship at the student level, this organization is helping these students gain the experiences needed to prepare and motivate them to take action in communities across the world. The students that participate with break away and go on alternative breaks are sure to be the leaders our world will need to create a more just and sustainable place for all of us to live.

by liz.starke
almost 2 years ago | Reply

One day left to vote! Let's do this.

by shannon.morrissey.56
almost 2 years ago | Reply

We are about to send out 80 students to Alternative Spring break trips to get engaged with serious social issues and it would not be possible without the fantastic training and support provided by Break Away. Thank you for all you do!

by alt.b.au.9
almost 2 years ago | Reply

There is no limit to the good this organization can do.

by emmacecily
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Ditto what Leslie said (sang)!

by sarah.hagler
almost 2 years ago | Reply

My very first alternative break was focused on opportunity gaps in the public school system in Title 1 schools in Charlotte, NC. I have never forgotten the complex lessons from that alternative break, and I know in this I am not alone. As education continues to be a center-stage issue for our nation, alternative breaks will play a huge role in recruiting future teachers, volunteers, advocates, and -- do I even need to say it? -- active citizens. Break Away, you are so wonderful.

by anna.dausman
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I can only truly express my undying love for Break Away in song...

BA, you light up my world like nobody else/The way that you change the world gets me overwhelmed/But when you win all these grants/It ain't hard to tell/The world know-ow-ows/The world knows you're impactful

by leslie.bern
almost 2 years ago | Reply

You're making us blush. Thanks for all your sweet words, folks!

by Break Away
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I truly believe Alternative Breaks are changing the world. When done right it is impossible not to think about your role and how it relates to the common good. The movement Break Away has inspired has created so many active citizens and when finished with college they have gone on to do AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Teach for America, and many other service positions throughout the United States and the world. When education is combined with direct service it allows people to see the impact they can have in the greater community.

by nettlejm
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Yes! An idea we can all believe in.

by sgiacobozzi
almost 2 years ago | Reply

What a great way to engage college students, schools, community partners, and younger students to improve school environments and student education! My experience on an alternative break sophomore year of college exposed me to the realities of educational inequality and set me on a course for continued engagement around this issue in college and my career. Break Away has a clear vision for how to create a network of students and community partners that are committed to social justice and active citizenship.

by katherine.eklund
almost 2 years ago | Reply

What a great way to engage college students, schools, community partners, and younger students to improve school environments and student education! My experience on an alternative break sophomore year of college exposed me to the realities of educational inequality and set me on a course for continued engagement around this issue in college and my career. Break Away has a clear vision for how to create a network of students and community partners that are committed to social justice and active citizenship.

by katherine.eklund
almost 2 years ago | Reply

What a great way to engage college students, schools, community partners, and younger students to improve school environments and student education! My experience on an alternative break sophomore year of college exposed me to the realities of educational inequality and set me on a course for continued engagement around this issue in college and my career. Break Away has a clear vision for how to create a network of students and community partners that are committed to social justice and active citizenship.

by katherine.eklund
almost 2 years ago | Reply

As a past alternative breaker and teacher, I fully believe in the change that can happen with these partnerships. Trips such as these help college students struggle for answers and develop voices that can influence policy and decisions with justice in mind. They push us to turn our attention back to issues that matter - helping EVERY child receive a high quality education and building up a community that supports that value.

by beth.freeze
almost 2 years ago | Reply

As a former Alternative Breaker throughout my college years, I can confidently say that the Alternative Break movement made me a better person. Break Away's vision of a Society of Active Citizens is a noble one, and the best part is, it is an achievable vision especially given the strength and passion of the amazing Break Away staff!

by kdonoughe
almost 2 years ago | Reply

As a former staff learning partner on an alternative break in a DC public elementary school, I've seen the power of connection between college students and children. Our trip was able to give many of the children their first books in a special literacy night and we know that the effects of that will ripple out for a long time - and our trip participants have gone on to become involved in educational equality issues as volunteers and for their careers.

by melody.porter
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I have high hopes that as alternative breakers work on educational issues, they will become some of the most galvanized voices in those who are citizen board members, teachers in under-resourced schools, and parents to children in the public school system. Let's get more privileged college students galvanized to use their education to ensure the same high standards and experience for others. Go active citizens!

by jillpiac
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This is the type of reform our education needs. Good luck Break Away and keep up your important work!

by changemaker12
almost 2 years ago | Reply

A delightful idea.

by robertburack
almost 2 years ago | Reply

This and Kristen Wiig will be appearing in Arrested Development? All is right in the world.

by bouckkei
almost 2 years ago | Reply

I love this.

by jill.piacitelli.5
almost 2 years ago | Reply

We

by Break Away
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Having seen many times the hard work and creativity Breakers bring to their work, I am excited to see what they can do to reform education and promote lifelong learning.

by activec12
almost 2 years ago | Reply

Having seen many times the hard work and creativity Breakers bring to their work, I am excited to see what they can do to reform education and promote lifelong learning.

by activec12
almost 2 years ago | Reply

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