Community Outreach & Leadership Development

Alternative Breaks Program

The Drury Alternative Breaks Program is a student-led program offering affordable, service-learning trips over academic breaks.  

The mission of the Drury Alternative Breaks Program is to encourage an increased understanding of social and environmental issues by engaging students in service while creating opportunities for the development of leadership and active citizenship skills.

Fall Breaks

Our alternative fall breaks consist of 15 hours of service and awareness projects at a location within 6 hours of our Springfield campus. We typically leave on the Thursday of the break and return on Sunday. These trips are a great way to get a lot of experience with a social issue and create some great bonds with a nearby city.

October 15-18, 2015

St. Louis, MO: Students will complete service projects with a couple of organizations in the St. Louis area that have missions centered around foster care and adoptive families.

Spring Breaks

Our alternative spring breaks can count towards an Engaged Learning credit and involve an average of 32 hours of service work with nonprofits.


Chicago, IL: Students worked with various nonprofits in the Chicago area to learn about many social issues. Partners included: Center on Halsted, All Stars Project of Chicago, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Inspiration Kitchens, Gardeneers, PAWS, Impact Engine, and YouTopia. Housing was provided by University Church.

New Orleans, LA: Students worked with Common Ground Relief on wetlands restoration projects throughout the week.



Twin Lakes State Park, VA: Participants worked at this state park alongside the park rangers to maintain various trails and clear brush.

Washington, DC: This trip was dedicated to learning about urban farming and homelessness. The participants worked with DC Central Kitchen, which is a homeless shelter that utilizes an urban farm for its meals. They also worked with City Blossoms and Common Good City Farm, both urban farming programs.


Denver, CO: Students worked with the African Community Center, which provides African refugees with the resources they need to build safe, sustainable lives in Denver.

Maryville, TN: Participants completed service projects with Once Upon A Time Wilderness Adventure. Their mission is to work with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, the environment, and rural Appalachia with various service activities.