The UCO Alternative Breaks Program strive to provide students with a transformative experience. Instead of relaxing or taking a vacation, Alternative Breaks are a week or few days on not a week or few days off. In line with UCO's Call to Action, delivering education based on our shared values of Community, Character and Civility we strive to create a society of active citizens. Once they return from an Alternative Break experience, participants will be more informed on all sides of a social issue, feel empowered to make informed decisions and take meaningful action that supports the greater good. Upon graduation, these students will have the skills to become active members of society and weigh in on issues that impact their communities.
2019 UCO Alternative Spring Break applications will open October 2018 on the Alternative Breaks Orgsync page. The apps will close TBD and then students will start the interview process. The link to the application is below. This is a great leadership opportunity and we are excited to offer this to more students with multiple trip options. We are also looking for staff/faculty advisors, if interested email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Each trip will cost between $200 and $350 per student. The dates are March 16– 24, 2019.
Grand Canyon National Park- Environmental and Historical Stewardship
Atlanta, Georgia- Human Rights
Catalina Island, California- Ecosystem Restoration and Stewardship
Minneapolis, Minnesota Northbound: Tackling Domestic Violence, Sex Trafficking, and Breaking Down Language Barriers
Zion National Park, Southwest Utah Environmental Stewardship:The National Park Systems' Role in the Stewardship of Natural Resources
Chicago, Illinois-"Till It Happens to You: Students Challenging Societal Norms."
Charlotte, North Carolina: Asset Building- Habitat for Humanity
Knoxville, Tennessee: Poverty Programs- Knoxville Leadership Foundation
Albuquerque, New Mexico: Food Insecurity
Local Alternative Spring Break 2016
Edmond and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (no overnight stay): Food Justice- Urban Garden Programs
Colorado Springs, CO: Pike's Peak Habitat for Humanity
Corpus Christi, TX: Padre Island National Seashore- Sea Turtle Recovery Division
Denver, CO (Fraternity and Sorority Life sponsored All-Greek Trip): Animal Welfare
Chicago, IL: working with the YMCA of Chicago focused on inner city youth developing community activities and various projects. (6 student spots available)
Nashville, TN: working with the Nashville Rescue Mission to focus on two social issues- hunger and homelessness. Projects include preparing/serving food, painting/light construction, garden work, sorting donated items, stocking a food pantry, etc. (10 student spots available)
Flagstaff, AZ: working with the Grand Canyon National Park and Hazard Trees focused on Conservation. Projects include removing hazardous trees/plants and other projects. (10 student spots available)
Spring 2013: New York Cares and Responding to Natural Disasters
Experience first hand how non-profits spring into action within communities hit by a natural disaster. March 17 – 23 UCO students have the opportunity to aid in the Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Efforts. UCO will be partnering with New York Cares to help clean up debris, muck-out houses, start the rebuilding process and much more in Gerritsen Beach & Far Rockaway, NY.
For more information check out UCO Alternative Spring Break in the news:
UCO STUDENTS SPEND SPRING BREAK HELPING HURRICANE SANDY VICTIMS
2018 Alternative Fall Break applications open September 2018 on the Alternative Breaks OrgSync page. Alternative Fall breaks are free to attend and will be held at various locations and service various issues around the OKC metro area.
Local Alternative Fall Break- Option 1
Local Alternative Fall Break- Option 2
UCO Community Gardens
Issue: Food Security through Urban Gardening
Alternative Fall Break 2015
Alternative Fall Break 2014
Alternative Fall Break 2013
Alternative Fall Break 2012
For more information check out UCO Alternative Fall Break in the news:
UCO STUDENTS SPEND FALL BREAK SERVING COMMUNITIES LOCALLY AND OUT OF STATE
UCO Community Makes an Impact Throughout Oklahoma with Fall Break Service Projects