Alternative Spring Break | Community Engaged Learning | Kent State University

Alternative Spring Break


Kent State University's Alternative Spring Break (ASB) programs expose students to social justice and cultural issues through direct service, community visits, reflection, and a variety of cultural activities. Consider using the experience to fulfill your Experiential Learning Requirement (ELR). You can do this by submitting either a Plus-1 Credit or a Non-Course activity application. Click here for more information about experiential learning and how it can bring your learning to life!

Registration: Opens Monday, October 15** 
Final payment due Friday: February 22nd (extended one week from original deadline)
Required orientation: Thursday, March 14

** Registration is first come, first serve, so register early to ensure a spot on your first-choice program. A waitlist will be available for each program after it reaches capacity. 

Financial assistance
Career Exploration and Development has made extra funding available for students wishing to participate in an Alternative Spring Break experience. The number of awards is limited and will be available based on financial need to students that apply and meet all qualifications stated below. Apply here.


  1. Demonstrate financial need, based on EFC and FAFSA
  2. Participate in a 2019 Alternative Spring Break experience
  3. Undergraduate, Kent Campus students only

Students may receive one award per term.

If you have questions, contact Amanda Woodyard, Director, Community Engaged Learning at


Alternative Spring Break programs 2019


Strengthening Ohio Urban Communities

Location: Youngstown, OH
Partner Organization: Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown
Dates: Sunday, March 24 - Wednesday, March 27
Fee: $175

Serve a variety of community partners in collaboration with the Ursuline Sisters, and organization doing meaningful community work right here in northeastern Ohio. Meet people from diverse cultures and assist in programs designed to support children, senior citizens, new citizens and immigrants, and people living with HIV/AIDS.


The Environment, Fossil Fuels, and Appalachian Communities

Location: Kermit, WV
Partner Organization: Big Laurel Learning Center
Dates: Monday, March 25 - Saturday, March 30
Fee: $400

Consider the environment an energy consumption in a beautiful mountain setting. Discover the conflicting impact coal mining and extraction industries have had on the Appalachian region's people, economy, health, and environment. Immerse yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture present in Central Appalachia today. Learn about the use of fossil fuels in our own lives and our impact on the environment. Service may include assisting local farms, visiting mountaintop renewal sites, and working with community gardens using sustainable growing practices, as well as educational programming for children. Stay in a simple cabin in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia and practice low-impact living.


poverty & policy

Location: Washington, DC
Partner Organization: The Pilgrimage
Dates: Saturday, March 23 - Friday, March 29
Fee: $450

Immerse yourself and take advantage of the myriad of cultural destinations and excursions that DC has to offer! Explore systemic causes of homelessness and poverty as well as structural racism and social justice. Learn from non-profit organizations as well as government entities about work being done to address these issues. Meet with your representatives on Capitol Hill.



Youth Empowerment: Education, Crime and Communities

Location: Chicago, IL
Partner Organization: Boxing Out Negativity and Chicago Public Schools
Dates: Saturday, March 23 - Thursday, March 28
Fee: $500

Immerse yourself in diverse Chicago communities. Learn from leaders who contribute to youths' education and empowerment, and strive to enhance their safety and success. Work closely with the nonprofit organization Boxing Out Negativity, the Chicago Public Schools, as well as other area leaders who work in engaging youth, restorative justice, violence reduction, and more.



The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement

Location: New York, NY
Partner organization: GMHC
Dates: Saturday, March 23 - Saturday, March 30
Fee: $500

Explore New York City, one of the epicenters of the LBGTQ+ rights movement. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the first time New York City will host World Pride, making this an ideal time to explore the history of the LGBTQ+ movement, celebrate its success, and consider what work still needs to be done. Service may include assisting with free meal programs and clothing closets.



Rebuilding in an Unequal Society

Location: New Orleans, LA
Partner Organization: SBP
Dates: Saturday, March 23 - Friday, March 29
Fee: $750

Experience the rich, diverse culture of New Orleans. Continue the work of previous Kent State students who have been rebuilding in this area for years following Hurricane Katrina. Learn from our partner, SBP, wo leads long-term recovery of impacted neighborhoods by rebuilding, sharing their model with other groups, and advising local and state elected officials on how to best structure the recovery. 


Rebuilding in Intercultural Communities

Location: Houston, TX
Partner Organization: SBP
Dates: Saturday, March 23 - Friday, March 29
Fee: $750

Work with our long-term partner SBP in their newest location of Houston, Texas, on recovery following Hurricane Harvey. Houston is one of the most diverse cities in the United States and presents a glimpse into our nation's future demographics.




Location: Dominican Republic
Partner Organization: Wine to Water
Dates: Friday, March 22 - Friday, March 29
Fee: $1,740

Travel abroad to the Dominican Republic for a week of hands-on service, educational and cultural opportunities, and relationship building with local communities. Work with Wine to Water, an organization that employs local people to work full time towards sustainable water solutions catered to the specific needs of the local area and community. Registration link coming soon! Timeline for International Service Learning in the Dominican Republic: Register for the 1 credit spring course: October Application deadline and first payment: December 1 Second payment due: December 15 Final payment due: January 14


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University policy 3342-3-01.3 requires that students with disabilities be provided reasonable accommodations to ensure their equal access to services. If you have a documented disability and require accommodations, please contact Community Engaged Learning in a timely manner to make arrangements for the necessary service trip adjustments. Please note, you must first verify your eligibility for these through Student Accessibility Services (contact 330-672-3391 or visit for more information on registration procedures). For more information please contact Community Engaged Learning at (330) 672-7876 or at