Winter Break Projects

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Thank you for another great year in Winter Break Projects! Read about our 2015 work in Social Justice Immersion Program Hits Close to Home by the Brown Daily Herald, 01/23/15. 

Unlike many break projects that focus on direct service, Winter Break Projects focus on investigation and collaborative learning. Thirty-five Brown students live together in a church in downtown Providence to explore and engage with local issues such as affordable housing, homelessness, urban education, equitable health care, refugee services, the role of job creation and labor in economic development, immigrant rights, environmental justice, and social enterprise in RI. 

“Action after education is the only path to meaningful, sustainable change, and Winter Break Projects is a first step in that direction.”


Each project is led by student(s) with extensive experience and passion for the issue they share. Winter Break Projects 2015 features the following six projects:

  • The Road to Ending Homelessness in Rhode Island
  • Beyond Healthcare: The Social Determinants of Health in Providence
  • Refugee Communities in South Providence 
  • Environmental Justice and Activism in Rhode Island
  • Equity, Theory, and Policy: The State of Education in Providence

In October there will be a number of info sessions about Winter Break Projects including a description of the focus of each topic. In the application, we ask students to rank projects in order of interest, and we work hard to place each student with their first or second choice.

Read "Winter Break: An Introduction to Service" in News from Brown, January 2013.

Applications are currently closed. Please check back this fall!

Cost for the week is $85 and some financial aid is available. If accepted, students will be asked to pay a non-refundable $50 deposit by Monday, November 16. Questions regarding financial aid may be emailed to Alan Flam.

Email Jeremy Wortzel, the Winter Break Projects Community Fellow, with any questions.