- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Bradley University is teaming with Illinois State University to host an “Alternative Break Citizenship School” this summer.

The national Break Away movement teaches college students how to find volunteer opportunities - “alternative breaks” - during spring, summer and winter respites from school.

Officials expect as many as 100 staff members and students from across the country to participate. They will take part in week-long workshops at Bradley beginning Saturday.

They will also volunteer with Bethany Community Church in Washington to help with continued recovery from last fall’s tornado.

Alternative breaks began in the early 1980s as a counter to traditional spring break trips. Each focuses on a social issue, such as poverty, education reform or the environment.

Break Away works with 153 colleges to recruit students.


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