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. All alternative 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.