Break Away Program

The Break Away alternative spring break program gives students the chance to engage in local, national and international community service projects. Johnson State College was a founding chapter of the Break Away program (which currently has a network of over 130 chapter schools), and since 1991, the SERVE Office has sponsored 101 Break Away trips with 1007 participants.

JSC also offers Alternative Weekends focused on conservation and restoration in national parks.

View a Video About a Recent Break Away Event


How to Get Involved

The Break Away program is open to all JSC students, faculty and staff. Applications are required to participate or lead a trip.

2013-2014 Social Issues


International Human Rights

All over the world, people are fighting for basic life necessitates, including health care, clean water and sustainable homes. During this experience, we will be traveling to an international location to work on projects that will provide a community with clean water and other basic human needs. This experience will develop a healthy relationship between Johnson State College students and a small village community, through manual labor and community interactions.

Animal Advocacy

This domestic experience will directly deal with issues surrounding animal advocacy and community-building. In the last decade, this organization has hosted alternative breaks, making each experience unique. This organization works to promote animal care education, animal safety, and adopt animals to new forever homes. While on this experience, teams will work directly with the animals, on various projects that help to maintain, strengthen and grow this very special organization.

National Parks Service

The National Parks Service was created in 1916, and has grown to be a national representation of our country's history. With over 401 national parks, seashores, forests and monuments around the country, it is the American people's responsibility to help ensure their future and keep the NPS strong. While on this experience, teams will work on environmental issues within the national site. Through preservation and restoration, this experience will help fulfill the NPS mission and vision.