Thayne Center for Service & Learning
We envision an empowered community dedicated to creating an equitable, engaged, and socially just society.
To inspire and empower students to make a constructive difference in their communities through accessible, affordable, immersive service experiences. Alternative Breaks are drug and alcohol free experiences, encouraging students to commit to the life-long effort of creating positive social change. By practicing leadership, transformative action, and critical reflection, students address important social issues while exploring the diverse culture and history where they serve.
2016 Alternative Spring Break
Apply to participate now!
This year's alternative fall break will focus on addressing food insecurity.
Volunteer with three local nonprofits:
Utahn's Against Hunger: Real Food Rising Community Garden
Salt Lake Community Action Program (SLCAP) Food Pantry
Internation Rescue Committee New Roots Community Garden
Alternative Break is a national program where colleges and universities organize drug and alcohol-free local and out of state trips for students that want to travel during their fall or spring breaks. Since 1999, the Thayne Center has organized over 30 AB trips. Participants have traveled to 12 states, including New York, Hawaii, Colorado, and Washington. Alternative Break at SLCC challenges students to learn about social issues, such as poverty and homelessness, and empowers them to personally make a difference through volunteering. For more information about our current trips, please visit the Alternative Breaks OrgSync page.
In 2013-2014 the Thayne Center partnered with Student Life & Leadership to double the amount of trips offered in Spring and Fall.
- All interested students must first attend a mandatory orientation before submitting an application or paying their deposit. Applications will be available at the orientations.
Capital Reef National Park, Utah
Hopi Nation, Arizona
New Orleans, Louisiana
New York City, New York
Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
Taos, New Mexico