Break Away The Alternative Break Connection, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   1 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Philanthropy

Location: 2451 Cumberland Pkwy Suite 3124 Atlanta GA 30339 USA

Mission: Break Away is developing long term solutions to social issues by changing the way people think about them. Break Away developed an alternative break model incorporating learning elements and reflection/reorientation components that lift service experiences from isolated volunteer trips to springboards for lifelong active citizenship. Break Away was founded in June 1991 by two Vanderbilt University students, Michael Magevney and Laura Mann, and operated as a program of Vanderbilt until it incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in May of 2000. Break Away's services include leadership training, such as week-long Alternative Break Citizenship Schools and weekend Site Leader Retreats; membership opportunities; a directory of more than 450 community organizations willing to host alternative break volunteers; and publications that walk alternative break leaders through all phases of program development.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Break Away is a grassroots-driven, community-oriented, change-making national nonprofit that is truly inspiring to have been part of. As someone who has worked with and volunteered for numerous for-profit and not-for-profit entities, Break Away has had the single most profound impact on my life - forcing me to consider the community in my everyday life choices. While I may not yet be what Break Away considers a complete "active citizen," it did a tremendous job showing me how I can learn to become one. Everyone should take an alternative break trip and help others to do so.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Multiple communities worldwide - Guayabo, Costa Rica; Harlem, NY; Pembroke, VA; New York City; Signal Mountain, TN; Madison, Florida; Rutland, MA.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help it focus more on non-students to raise the visibility and scalability of its uncanny ability to foster positive change. Like so many other great innovations, Break Away is in many ways a well-kept secret, unfortunately.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The positive impact it had on my view of the world. It helped me become less ego-centric.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely passionate, dynamic, and driven to make great things happen with virtually no financial support.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Mobilize a global movement spurring active citizenship like nobody's business.

Ways to make it better...

I don't think I could have made it better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Ability to scale to a magnitude where it can reach its full potential.

One thing I'd also say is that...

You will not be disappointed if you participate on an alternative break trip that incorporates the Break Away Eight Quality Components and Active Citizen model.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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