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Alternative Break Program (ABP)

Supported by the Student Activity Fee, ASPCC provides students with an opportunity to travel in country and participate in service learning and civic engagement trips for a subsidized fee.

Transform – Learn – Lead

All applicants will complete 10 hours of service, provide the appropriate financial contribution, attend all pre and post trip trainings and orientations, be enrolled in at least 6 credits, be in good academic standing, successful completion of at least two previous terms in the past year and possess a GPA of 2.5.

The Past Informs our Present: Lessons Learned from Social Justice Warriors – Alternative Break 2020

Participating in this week long journey is transformative and jam-packed full of learning opportunities. The agenda will include a Civil Rights Road Trip through Atlanta and Montgomery and conclude in Washington DC. Participants will visit several Historically Black Colleges and Universities, historical sites and museums central to the struggle for justice. We will then head to Washington DC to lobby for college student needs and experience the highlights of Washington DC. The past informs our present, and on this trip you will experience the vibrancy of several large eastern US cities while engaging in an opportunity to influence lawmakers who legislate ideas that impact students.

This is an amazing opportunity but be warned – the accommodations are hostels, the ground transportation is via trains, subways and walking, and the food is communal. Some free time is incorporated into the agenda, but you are committed to a group travel experience, not one of your own making.

Location: Atlanta and Washington DC
Dates: March 19 – March 26, 2020
Application Due: Monday, December 20, 2019 – EXTENDED
Cost: $400 per student

Mandatory Meetings for all participants:

January 24, 1-3PM
February 14, 1-3PM
March 13, 1-3PM


Why Invest in Travel Opportunities?

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”  Mark Twain