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Staley School of Leadership Studies

Spring Breaks:

Sunday March 10th - Friday March 15th, 2019

Site Leader and Participant Applications due February 1st, 2019 -APPLY HERE

Each break provides an opportunity for students to make progress in understanding the various aspects of specific social issues listed below. Teams will perform a variety of tasks throughout their trips. Service tasks may range from cleaning, building, and engaging directly with the community.

Spring Break Site Locations:

North High School, Denver, Colorado

What social issue will I engage with?  Students will be exploring socioeconomic impacts on the public education system in Denver and policies in place to provide community assistance.

What type of service will I be doing?  Students will engage with the students and administrators of North High School on their work towards college readiness.  Students will provide administrative assistance and engage with the community of students, educator, and administrators at North High School.


Springfield, Missouri

What social issue will I engage with?  Students will strengthen environmental sustainability through engagement with multiple community partners including the Missouri State Sustainability program, James River Basin Partnership, Springfield Botanical Center, Springfield Master Naturalist, and Springfield Community Garden.

What type of service will I be doing?  Students will participate in stream restoration, serve at Springfield Botanical Center, Springfield Community Garden, and experience an education day surrounding the topics of permaculture, tree grafting, forest management, bio-char, and more.


 AIDS Services of Dallas, Dallas, Texas

What social issue will I engage with?  Students will gain knowledge of how the healthcare system and non-profits support people living with HIV and AIDS in Dallas, Texas.

What type of service will I be doing?  Students work alongside program staff in various ways.  Past groups have helped paint buildings, build playgrounds, and create gardens.  Students will have the opportunity to engage in conversations with people struggling with HIV/AIDS as well as staff who work alongside this population.


Camp Summit, Fort Worth, Texas

What social issue will I engage with? Students will strengthen their knowledge of related services, methods of providing assistance, and teaching strategies for children with disabilities.

What type of service will I be doing? Students will lead activities for children with disabilities involving teaching and learning in a natural camp setting.  In establishing authentic relationships with campers, students will help them build self-confidence, increase independence, and learn cooperation with the help of caring staff and volunteers.



  • Site Leaders: Non-refundable $50 + $75 = $125

  • Participants: Non-Refundable $50 + $200 = $250

  • All Weekend Break Participants $10

Spring 2019 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 January. 

What is included?

  • Transportation via enterprise rentals

  • All groceries/food

  • Housing