Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a fun and challenging “issue immersion” program. This means that ASB functions as a week-long opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to be educated about and become engaged in a particular social issue through volunteerism, activism, special guest speakers, excursions, and films.  These different ways of taking action afford students a three dimensional way of understanding the social issue at hand; for example how it plays out historically, on the ground, in the realm of policy, and the non-profit sector.

From 2010 to 2012, Pace students tackled the issue of poverty in New York City.  Students spent four days and three nights volunteering for area non-profits and meeting with organizations and social enterprises dedicated to ending poverty.  During this time, the students worked with Coalition for the Homeless, Greyston Bakery, Ready, Willing & Able, Homes for the Homeless, and other organizations.  Each program concluded with participants writing to their government representatives to urge them to take action on an issue related to poverty.

In 2013 Pace students will be volunteering to help those impacted by Superstorm Sandy in Staten Island and the Rockaways in New York City.

Participating in ASB is competitive; generally 15 spaces are available and the program is open to Pace students free of charge. In order for applications to be accepted students must attend an ASB informational event on either the New York City, or Pleasantville campus.

For more information on an upcoming Alternative Spring Break program, contact CCAR New York at or CCAR Pleasantville at