ABCs - Locations
Grand Canyon National Park
Jul 28 - Aug 02
Re-imagining a City through Citizen-Government Action
In 2011, Philadelphia recorded a 0.6 percent population increase, its first growth in 50 years. Yet some of the city’s most challenged neighborhoods are shrinking by as much as 10 percent. The impact of poverty and politics in these areas has been severe – such as the recent announcement of the closure of 23 public schools. Complicated and intertwined social issues facing cities demand collaboration between citizen groups, government, faith-based, and private organizations for any hope of long term improvement. Our focus will be to support citizen groups who have set neighborhood goals which address chronic crime and quality of life concerns, loss of residents, jobs and schools. These groups are working with government initiatives, like PhillyRising
to build leadership, strengthen relationships, and draw upon existing resources.
Check-in is from noon to 2pm on Sunday, July 28. The first session begins at 3pm. The training ends at 5pm on Friday, August 2. Please make flights which accommodate the start and end times of the conference!
As you will see on the sample schedule link below and much like an alternative break, there is little free time to explore the area during the conference week. If you would like to come early or extend your stay in Philadelphia, the Break Away staff may be able to offer recommendations for accommodations.
Direct Service Projects:
ABCs participants will engage in volunteer work meeting the goals established by neighborhood citizen groups - which may include working on vacant lots and buildings, creating community gardens and pedestrian plazas, material sorting and establishing local computer labs in the Philadelphia Free library system, wheelchair ramps construction, and surveying immigrant business owners. Our service partners will provide a wide range of education on the issues and broad exposure to the local community. More information about the actual project(s) will be provided as the details are solidified.
Participants will live in dorm - style housing (assigned by the Break Away staff). There is easy access to shared bathrooms and the workshop space.
The Learning Components (Education, Orientation, and Training) are essential to a quality alternative break experience. After registering, you will be added to a listserv and will be invited to join a Facebook group for your ABCs session. Pre - conference education materials will be available through these venues and on the website prior to the event. Participants will also receive extensive on - site education, including the Speaker Panel, additional readings, movie night, discussion groups, and activities at the service projects.
Within ten days of registration and no later than May 31 participants should receive a confirmation letter by email. Pre-conference materials will be updated periodically on this website.