Hi! We are currently a team of 12 individuals who will be participating in an Alternative Breaks experience to Baltimore, MD, this upcoming Spring Break in 2017.

The University of Maryland Alternative Breaks program engages individuals in short-term service-learning experiences that challenge social, political and economic structures of our global community. Through reflection, education and service, Alternative Breaks develops mutually beneficial community partnerships, critical thinking and leadership skills to create a socially just world.

For our particular experience, we are focusing on socioeconomic equity and affordable housing in Baltimore. Approximately over 30,000 people in the city experience homelessness over the course of a year. Access to employment, healthcare, food, and education are all affected by a lack of permanent residence. During this AB experience, participants will serve with organizations like Christopher’s Place Employment Academy and Bea Gaddy Family Center and learn from citizen and government driven initiatives that are bridging the gaps of affordability and accessibility for some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

Stay updated on our reflections and posts here! Please contact alternativebreaks@umd.edu if you have any further questions or would like to get involved.