UDaB: UD Alternative Breaks Program
Mission: The University of Delaware Alternative Break (UDaB) program immerses student-led teams in direct service and experiential learning with community organizations to increase knowledge of social justice issues and encourage life-long active citizenship.
Vision: UDaB's vision is an alternative break program, available to students of all backgrounds and incomes, that sends out a variety of issue-based service learning experiences during the course of university recess periods, including spring and winter breaks. UDaB strives to be accessible to all university students as both a facilitator of these break trips and as an advisor for other student groups that would like to plan, participate in, and reflect on service.
History: UDaB began in 2010 and piloted its first program during the 2011 Spring Break. In that first year, 92 student participants and 12 student leaders traveled to five communities to pursue service projects related to homelessness, food scarcity, disaster relief, outdoor education for urban youth, and trail-building in a national forest.
During this past spring of 2014, UDaB sent 186 participants on eight alternative spring break trips. Students completed about 6,150 service hours that week and helped eight communities in need.
UDaB has been the recipient of support from the families and friends of participants, and through a generous grant from the UD Alumni Association. The program is grateful for all of the support from the university community and the contributions from donors.