Community Service Initiatives

Alternative Breaks at IC

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This year's AFB program will take place from October 13 - 16, in three locations. Learn more about how to get involved below!

Fall Break Service Trips


October 13 - October 16, 2016


Adirondack Mountain Club - Fall Trails Day

The Adirondack State Park comprises the largest state park in the United States. With more than 6 million acres of land under protection, it takes a lot of volunteers to keep established trails maintained. This event is coordinated by the Adirondack Mountain Club, and offers a "last" chance at grooming trails and public areas on the park before the long winter sets in. Students will participate in this event, camping at Heart Lake in Lake Placid, NY. This trip will also involve e opportunities to learn about stewardship, Leave No Trace outdoor ethics, and hike in the park. The total program fee is $75.00 USD, which covers all food, lodging, camping gear and transportation. 

Ithaca Youth Farm Project

A core part of this program is bringing youth together from diverse social and economic backgrounds and studying the discrepancies within the existing food system.  YFP create opportunities for youth to grow as individuals by giving them responsibility in all aspects of farm work, from planting seeds to selling the produce at Market Stands that they manage themselves.  They strongly believe that giving youth the opportunity for connection to real work and connection to their community has contributed to the strength of our program.  Youth Farm Project is entering its 6th season on 10 acres in Danby, NY. Each year we grow 4-5 acres in annual vegetable crops, managing the other 5-6 acres in cover crops such as red clover, rye or alfalfa. The food we grow goes to: the Full Plate Farm Collective CSA,  BJM Elementary School's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program, GIAC, the Ithaca City School District Lunch Program, the LACS lunch program, and the Congo Square Market.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to help YFP with a major fall project that will require teamwork, and a desire to use power tools! :-) Students will also have the opportunity to learn more about growing food organically, and how YFP makes things happen. Since this is a local experience, there is a $25.00 USD program fee for this project. 


Students will have the opportunity to travel to Toronto, Canada, and volunteer with the organization Sistering, which offers practical and emotional support through programs which enable them to take greater control over their lives. Guided by the principles of Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression, Sistering works to change social conditions which endanger women’s welfare. Students will help with a variety of projects, including kitchen help and meal preparation. The group will have time to explore Toronto in the afternoons after volunteer activities have concluded. The total program fee for this project is $75.00, and covers all lodging, transportation, food, and programmatic fees. 

Become a Participant-Leader:

Participant-Leaders will be selected to help prepare and lead each of the three AFB initiatives in 2016! Participant-Leaders are responsible for the following:

  • Lead an orientation session prior to departure
  • Prepare one activity for the group's free day
  • Conduct reflection sessions with participants, including the video reflection project
  • Help provide leadership and direction during the trip
  • Assist with driving (if able to drive IC vehicles)
  • Share your experience in the Student Leadership Institute upon return
  • Apply for this opportunity using the standard AFB application