Alternative Break Program

NYCCEP is pleased to partner with Columbia University's Office of Student Engagement on the Alternative Break Program (“ABP”).  The ABP is a student-led, and administrator-managed, program that provides programmatic and financial support for students’ independent development and leadership of domestic or international service experiences over fall, spring or summer breaks.  

The ABP does not organize or lead service break trips.  Student(s) submit proposals for service trip ideas that address the community in which the student(s) wish to serve, the challenge they wish to address and the type of service they feel will best address those challenges in those communities.  Proposals that are accepted receive ABP-support, which includes training, advisement, and funding.  ABP funds may be applied to team travel expenses such as food, lodging, in-country transportation, and airline tickets.  The ABP supports its teams by awarding matching grants.  This means that the ABP will give teams a dollar for every dollar it raises, up to the specified grant amount.

Please note that  preliminary proposals for 2013-2014 ABP spring and summer breaks are due on October 6, 2013.  Please apply if you are interested! 

Please visit the ABP website for more information.  Feel free to contact Junea Williams-Edmund, Associate Director, Civic Engagement, at, or 212-854-2033 if you have any questions about the program.