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Staley School of Leadership Studies

Winter Alternative Breaks

Building Your Capacity to Make Change

Winter Alternative Breaks immerse K-State students within a community to learn more about the pressing issues facing their citizens. Teams will perform a variety of tasks throughout their trips, ranging from cleaning, building, and working directly with community members. Following your service, you will reflect on the impact of your experience; drawing helpful insights for how you can exercise leadership on what matters most to you.

Upcoming Breaks

Sunday, Jan. 12 - Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

Applications were due Sept. 27, 2019 for site leaders and participants.

Site Locations

North High School | Denver, Colorado

Explore the socioeconomic impacts on the public education system in Denver. You will provide administrative assistance to faculty and staff at North High School and engage with students about college readiness. You will also serve with community organizations to understand resources available to communities facing poverty in Denver.

Hope Faith Ministries | Kansas City, Missouri

Evaluate the root causes of homelessness and the various programs for relief in Kansas City, Missouri. You will work alongside Hope Faith Ministries staff preparing and serving meals, organizing supplies, and connecting with clients. Your team will also serve with relief-based nonprofit organizations providing resources in the Greater Kansas City area.

Thrive Allen County | Iola, Kansas

Help rural community members discover and leverage assets of their communities. You will engage with Thrive staff and Allen county community members in organizing community events, cleaning up public trails and parks, and meeting with local constituents and county officials to help rebuild “The Heart of Allen County.”

Cost and Scholarships

The participant fee covers transportation via enterprise rentals, a grocery/food stipend, and housing. 

  • Site Leaders: $125 total ($50 non-refundable + $75)
  • Participants: $250 total ($50 non-refundable + $200)

Winter Breaks participants and site leaders are eligible for full or partial scholarships to cover the cost of their Alternative Break experience. Scholarship applications will be available in October.


For Site Leaders

  • Apply online.
  • Attend three hours of site leader trainings and one hour of one on one preparation with your co-site leader prior to your Alternative Break experience.
  • Facilitate one pre-trip meeting with your Alternative Break Team. 
  • Work alongside staff to facilitate Active Citizen Summit activities with your team.
  • Guide your team through daily reflections during the break. ​
  • Provide logistical support for your team before and during break (transportation and purchasing).

For Participants

  • Apply online.
  • Attend Active Citizen Summit, one team meeting prior to break, and Active Citizen Summit Part II and be an engaged participant during all interactions.

Contact Us

Alternative Breaks
Leadership Studies Building
2nd floor, NE side of the building

785-532-6085 ph

Student Coordinators
Katie Buhler
Gracyn Higley
Siera Shirley