The New York City Civic Engagement Program is pleased to partner with Columbia University’s Office of Civic Action and 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.
We are pleased to announce that Barnard College students will begin receiving matching grants under this program starting in the 2012-2013 academic year. Please note that preliminary proposals for ABP winter breaks are due on Friday, September 14th, and preliminary proposals for ABP spring and summer breaks are due on Friday, October 5th. Please apply if you are interested!
Please visit the ABP website here for more information: http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/ocae/abp. Feel free to contact Valerie Chow, Associate Director, Civic Engagement and Experiential Learning, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-854-2033 if you have any questions about the program.