Strong leadership skills are an invaluable asset for anyone’s repertoire, but it’s particularly important for young adults who may have little to no experience. One challenge is that opportunities to grow this skill-set may be few and far between. However, the sooner college students develop their leadership skills, the better prepared they are to apply them in their classes, communities, and future careers.

CengageBrain’s Alternative Spring Break Contest

Give your students just the leg up they need by encouraging them to enter’s Alternative Spring Break Contest. Through this opportunity, college students planning to participate in an Alternative Spring Break outing (volunteer work, community clean-ups, Habitat for Humanity, etc) can win up to $2,500 to help them fund their mission and travel expenses. Students can practice their leadership skills as they work together to craft their contest submissions and achieve their goals of giving back to the community.

A few key points about the contest:

  • Applicants must college or graduate students, residing within the continental U.S.
  • Applicants must have a clearly outlined mission and plans for the funds.
  • Project must benefit an under-served population.
  • Project must last for a minimum of three (3) days.
  • Winners must either blog, live tweet, or agree to an interview after completion.

College students need to submit their service projects before February 13, 2015, so pass this along as soon as you can!

For complete details, including rules, deadlines, and list of criteria for eligible projects, visit CengageBrain’s Alternative Spring Break Contest app.

Check out last year’s winners as they venture through the Rogue River Wilderness Area in southern Oregon.

alternative spring break 2014 rogue river

Student leaders work to restore Oregon’s Rogue River by clearing trails, removing visitor impact and improving habitat.