Wednesday, December 30, 2009

About the Hillel/City Year Alternative Break

Each Urban Alternative Break will combine 25 hours of hands-on labor and services, a ten-hour educational program including a “Bringing it Back to Campus” workshop, and a pluralistic, peer-led Shabbat experience. Trained Hillel professionals will provide targeted follow-through after the experience to ensure that the Urban Alternative Break is not an isolated experience, but a springboard for ongoing service involvement.

“We are honored to partner with Hillel to help young people act on their values of social justice and common concern to improve the lives of others – and gain a powerful life experience in the process,” said City Year CEO and Co-Founder Michael Brown. “By spending their spring breaks dedicated to service, these students are setting an impressive example for others.”

City Year unites 1, 750 young adults in full-time service as tutors, mentors and role models helping students stay in school and on track. In addition to their in-school service, the diverse leaders of City Year perform transformative physical service that helps revitalize public schools and public spaces – part of City Year’s mission is to engage others in the power of service.
The first Urban Alternative Break experience will take place January 3-10, 2010 in Los Angeles with seven participating campuses. Urban Alternative Break experiences also will be held in Miami, March 7-14, including students from 11 campuses, and in New York, March 14-21, including students from six large campuses and from Hillel’s Soref Initiative which serves campuses with small Jewish populations.

The largest Jewish campus organization in the world, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life provides opportunities for Jewish undergraduate and graduate students in more than 500 campuses and communities to enrich their lives so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.

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