“You’ve got to go there to know there.” ~ Zora Neale Hurston
To provide quality and fulfilling alternative breaks that mutually benefit community partners and student participants through the education of a social issue, service work requested by the host site, and student facilitated reflection.
Through the Center for Community Outreach and the national service organization Break Away, the University of Kentucky Alternative Service Breaks program connects students with service projects in communities beyond the borders of Lexington and Kentucky. We aim to provide service experiences that are educational and cultural, and to promote active citizenship among UK students, faculty, and staff.
A campus of socially aware student citizens seeking to make a positive impact in the global community.
Our philosophy is that quality community service, particularly service immersions like Alternative Service Breaks, must involve:
- Strong direct service to address unmet community needs
- Broad education and deep reflection about social issues facing communities
- Exposure to the character and culture of the diverse communities in which we serve
Our approach is deeply rooted in the Break Away organization’s “Active Citizen Continuum” and “Eight Components Of A Quality Break Program,” which include:
- Strong Direct Service
- Alcohol and Other Drug-Free