Alternate Spring and Winter Breaks

In 1990, a group of Penn students founded the Alternate Spring Break (ASB) program for students who wanted to spend their spring breaks doing meaningful and fun community service work.

In 1990, a group of Penn students founded the Alternate Spring Break (ASB) program for students who wanted to spend their spring breaks doing meaningful and fun community service work.

Alternate Spring Break

Originally, ASB participants worked exclusively with Habitat for Humanity, a nationwide organization that confronts the issues of housing and homelessness by building affordable low-income housing. In 1997, ASB expanded its focus to include trips addressing the environment, education, and inner-city poverty. The program has also evolved to include an Alternate Winter Break (AWB) component for students each January.

In the March edition of By The Numbers, the Current delves into the facts and figures that have grown the ASB and AWB programs into the service-oriented successes they are today.

9Number of locations visited this year, including New Orleans, Charleston, S.C., Clearwater, Fla., and Washington, D.C.
15Total days of service Penn students have devoted to ASB and AWB in the past year.
124Number of participants spending their spring and winter breaks doing service work through ASB and AWB this year.
18Number of students leading ASB and AWB trips this year. Student leaders work with partners at each site, create the agenda, plan reflection opportunities, provide pre-trip educational and bonding opportunities, and coordinate post-trip reorientation opportunities for participants.
25Number of years ASB has been offering service trips for Penn students.
2,000+Number of students who have participated in ASB and AWB trips since the program’s founding.

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