Alternative Breaks

Fresno State's Alternative Breaks program is an expansion of the Alternative Spring Break program previously administered by Student Involvement and the Richter Center, thanks to the generous support from Friends for Civic Engagement.

Fresno State’s Alternative Breaks are intended to provide students with multi-day service opportunities where they work with peers during one of the traditional school breaks (spring break, summer break, winter break, etc.).  This expansion relies on a new model where individual projects are coordinated by a leadership team comprised of a student and a faculty or staff partner. If accepted, up to $2,000 per team will be provided by Friends for Civic Engagement to support the development and implementation of the proposed alternative break project. Up to $6,000 is available per year.

Download the program RFP for more information and to apply.  Please contact Mellissa Jessen-Hiser ( or Chris Fiorentino ( if you need assistance or would like to discuss potential projects.