Alternative Break

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FGCU’S Alternative Break Program

Screen Shot 2017-06-01 at 4.11.39 PMMission Statement: Florida Gulf Coast University’s Alternative Break Program (AB) is a weeklong service trip in which an estimated twenty or more students, faculty, and staff provide service to an urban and rural city during FGCU’s winter and spring break. Sponsored by FGCU’s Student Government and the Office of Multicultural and Leadership Development, our Alternative Break program was created to educate and expose our students, staff, and faculty to the realities of social issues and injustices and what is being done to promote and encourage advocacy and action. While on these trips, our primary goal is to partake in meaningful group service learning projects, build relationships with communities and participants through personal interactions, and educate participants about the root causes of these issues and injustices. We seek to serve with nonprofit service organizations that target issues such as hunger, homelessness, poverty, education, environment restoration, and wellness and prevention.  

Vision Statement: Florida Gulf Coast University Alternative Break Program’s vision is to create active citizens through an intensive weeklong alternative break experience. With the goal of promoting and encouraging action and advocacy through service on the local and national forefront, FGCU participants are fully immersed in new communities and social issues and injustices. This, in turn, helps to raise awareness of social issues and injustices, creates an environment where students can inspire lifelong action, allows for the creation of friendships, and cultivates a desire for change.

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Fall Spring
2010- New Orleans, Louisiana 2010- New Orleans, Louisiana
2011- Biloxi, Mississippi 2011- Washington, D.C.
2012- New Orleans, Louisiana 2012- North Carolina
2013- Atlanta, Georgia 2013- Washington, D.C.
2014- None 2014- New York City, New York
2015- Atlanta, Georgia 2014- Chicago, Ilinois & NOLA
2016- Miami, Florida 2016- New York City, New York

2017- New York City, New York