Alternative Break Citizenship School in Atlanta

Goal: $ 2000

No of Donation: 13

 

 

Goal: $ 2000
Amount Raised: $ 2405
Remaining : $
No of Donation : 13
Category : Education
Url : http://www.alternativebreaks.org
Contact Number : 8009030646
Address : 2451 Cumberland Parkway
State : Atlanta
City : Georgia
Country : US
Zipcode : 30339

Challenge

Atlanta faces many of the challenges of a city which continues to grow rapidly: environmental concerns, transportation clogs, the increase of blight, health issues, the need for educational system reform, and youth violence. In each of these issues, prevention and proactive programs tend to have the best results, but reactive measures and spending are on the rise - putting young and old alike at risk in strained systems. Citizen and volunteer involvement/ownership has never been more crucial.

Solution

Break Away's mission is to train, assist, and connect campuses and communities in promoting quality alternative break programs that inspire lifelong active citizenship. Break Away's vision is a society of active citizens: people who value the community as a priority when making life decisions.
The ages of 18-25 are the lowest in volunteering. Yet, campus based alternative break programs continue to grow in participation numbers and in community impact. During the summer, Break Away trains the campus leadership of 100+ AB programs in a week-long experiential set up: 1/2 day doing direct service on a social issue in the community and 1/2 day in workshops learning best practices of community project organizing. This unique model builds campus and post-graduation community leaders.

Long-Term Impact

Atlanta is a compelling city in which to do alternative break work. Along with the short-term volunteer hours, the aim of this conference is to build relationships between university alternative break programs and Atlanta community organizations which will last for years with measurable impact. At the same time, we hope social issue exposure will galvanize the participants who can consider Atlanta as a place to live, work, and serve as a young professional and active citizens.

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