Badger Alternative Breaks (formerly known as JSC Break Away), a chapter of the national Break Away network, provides students the opportunity to participate in a year-long experience exploring social, political, and cultural dynamics of a community. Through learning and practice, students explore the integration of service, education, and reflection to create meaningful change in their communities. Students travel to their host community over February break and take part in a week-long service project, getting a chance to meet new people, explore new cultures and make a real contribution to a community in need. It’s life-changing, agree previous participants — and it’s also really fun!
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 120 trips with 1,197 participants. Last year, 50 JSC students traveled across the U.S. to spend their winter and spring break working in various communities on issues such as disaster relief, homelessness in LGBTQ+ youth, torture abolition and urban farming.
Our vision is a society of effective citizens: people who value the community as a priority when making life decisions. As part of the Badger Alternative Break experience, participants will become more educated and experienced in all sides of a social issue. Upon return, they will be empowered to make more informed decisions and take meaningful action that supports a greater good. They will become contributing members of society and will weigh in on issues that impact their community.
New This Year - BAB Summer Service Experience: BAB-SSE Community Development - Detroit Compact, August 2015
This summer service experience for first-year students will focus on community development by partnering with Cass Community Social Services. While on site, the group will assist with the rehabilitation of a building for the organization to expand, serve meals to community members in need and collect illegally dumped tires that will be recycled into sandals through the Detroit Treads program.
Community Development - Detroit Compact, February 2016
This winter break experience, open to all JSC community members, will continue the work which began in August with Cass Community Social Services.
An Education for All, From the Ground Up - International Location, February 2016
This winter experience, connected to the common reading book The Promise of a Pencil, will provide participants the opportunity to take a close look at education in developing countries. While on site, the group will refurbish classrooms, libraries and kitchen facilities to ensure a safe educational space for children in need.
National Parks - US Location, February 2016
This experience will focus on National Parks in the United States, their history and current challenges faced by diminishing funding from the federal government. While on site group members will assist with a variety of environmental projects.