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Alternative Breaks

Winter and Spring Breaks

Sierra Service Project offers customized programs for middle school and high school youth groups, college groups, and intergenerational teams at our Sacramento and San Diego site locations throughout the school year.

Every year SSP hosts a wide range of groups for programs that fit the group’s needs and interests. Groups have come from Virginia, Wyoming, Washington, Arizona, Southern California, and everywhere in between over the years since this program began in 2006. Types of groups have included:

  • Alternative Spring Break programs for college ministry and secular groups
  • College freshman introduction sessions for secular groups
  • Intergenerational teams for anyone entering 6th grade or older!
  • Combined middle school and high school youth group winter and spring break sessions
  • Anything else you can dream of – we can make a schedule and itinerary to fit your team’s needs

These sessions range from long weekends to week-long programs. Common to all sessions are combining challenging community service work with a series of visits, tours and guest speakers aimed to give participants real insight into the dynamic communities where they are serving.

The cost of these programs is around $60 to $125 per person per night based on the number of participants and site location.

2022-2023 Dates

All sessions are scheduled by request. To schedule your group for dates flexible to your schedule, email or call SSP’s Executive Director, Megan Taylor, at (916) 488-6441.

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San Diego Site

We are offer alternative break sessions for groups in Imperial Beach in San Diego’s South County. This small town offers a great location to learn about how the environment, immigration, and income inequality impact the people who live in Imperial Beach.

North Sacramento and Rancho Cordova Site

  • SSP works in two different communities within the Sacramento region: North Sacramento, which is within the City of Sacramento, and Rancho Cordova, a small city that borders Sacramento.
  • We work with a variety of local partners. Our work is done with local low-income homeowners and consists of yard cleanup, basic home repairs, handicap ramps, and painting. We shift to indoor work with nonprofits if the case of rain.
  • We stay at a local church with shower facilities a short drive away.
  • Programs incorporate educational activities focused on Sacramento as the capitol, and learning about the work of other nonprofits. We can customize these visits based on your group’s interests.