Service Learning & Community Action

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a weeklong immersive service experience. The ASB program at Emerson College began in 2007, with one 12-student trip to New Orleans with Habitat for Humanity. Since then, the program has blossomed. In 2008, it doubled in size, with one group of students working with the Youth Services Opportunities Project in Washington, D.C., another doing Hurricane Katrina relief in Waveland, MS, and a third working with several organizations throughout Boston.

The program has maintained the tradition of multiple programs with different themes. With ASB, there is a great experience waiting for everyone. Participants have been able to tear into drywall, serve in soup kitchens, play games with children, and form relationships with varied communities while learning about life in different parts of the country, especially in areas affected by poverty and natural disaster.

Beyond the service itself, ASB also offers a chance to live, work, and play with a great group of Emerson students. It’s always a fantastic, challenging, and rewarding week and year that is impossible to forget.

ASB 2016 Program Information and Applications »

Carnegie Foundation for Elective Community Engagement Classification Seal

Emerson Receives Community Engagement Classification

Emerson College recognized nationally for its high level of commitment to civic and community engagement.

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The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Seal

Emerson named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Emerson College once again recognized for reflecting the values of exemplary community service and achieving meaningful outcomes in its community.

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