The Alternative Break Immersion (ABI) program provides opportunities for students to participate in cultural immersion trips centered on service, learning, and justice through local, national, and global immersion experiences. With the support of staff and leaders, students live the five pillars - community, connectedness, justice, reflection, and simplicity - in an authentic and intentional way
Each immersion has a different focus that encompasses the social injustices of that region. During the 22-23 school year, we will be offering Spring Break experiences. The cost is dependent upon the location and covers transportation, lodging, meals, and a donation to the host organization.
2022-2023 Year Sites
We'll be exploring advocacy as service with NETWORK, an organization in Washington, D.C. that works to educate, organize and lobby for economic and social transformation. Our time with NETWORK will include lobbying on the Hill, tips for our legislative visit, and learning about other practical skills for civic engagement.
ABI Environmental Justice
We'll be exploring how the fossil fuel industries have affected the Appalachian region. The Appalachian Institute will guide us through the week in Wheeling, West Virginia. ABI Environmental Justice will include components of direct service, diving into the history of Appalachia, and discussions about poverty and current issues communities face.
ABI Human Dignity
We'll be exploring the refugee crisis with Motown Mission by engaging with partners that focus on breaking bread and being present with people. Our time in Detroit, Michigan will include learning about the history of Motown Mission, diving into anti-racism, and participating in direct service around Detroit.
ABI Mental Health
We'll be exploring mental health and the stigma around it with the Carriage House, an organization that utilizes the clubhouse model for psychosocial rehabilitation in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The clubhouse model focuses on building real realtionships that become the fabric of intentional community building and has been used for 70 years. Join us in learning about this strengths-based program and how to expand your understanding about mental health diagnoses.
ABI Urban Justice
We'll be exploring urban justice by exploring a combination of themes and organizations with Serve901 in Memphis, Tennessee, including after school programs, housing insecurities, food banks, immigrant and refugee ministries, and urban hardens and sustainability. ABI Urban Justice will include components of direct service, discussions about justice, and time at the National Civial Rights Museum.