Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB)

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Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a student led initiative that gives students the opportunity to take part in educational service projects during their scheduled spring break.  The ASB program encourages active citizenship by providing service opportunities addressing issues within the community.

ASB is created in partnership between Achieving Community Transformation (ACT), Student Life, and the Office of Community-Based Learning and Research.

Alternative Spring Break 2015, March 21- 29  

Please contact Linh Huynh,LHuynh@uwb.edu, if you are interested in participating or leading a project as a Student Site Leader. Click HERE for student site leader job description.

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will gain exposure to community partners and UWB’s engagement opportunities.
  • Students will learn about the issues of social justice for which the organizations were created.
  • Students will be introduced to other options for future projects, as well as obtaining the resources necessary to participate in individual opportunities with the partners.

2015 Service Sites

Below is a list of available volunteer service sites:

  1. Youth Migrant Project
  2. 21 Acres(Woodinville)
  3. Morethana Farms(Woodinville)
  4. Puget Soundkeeper Alliance(Seattle)
  5. Threads and Teads(Canyon Park Jr. High School -- Northshore School District)
  6. Tualip Tribes

Site Details

Youth Migrant Project 
Students will get the opportunity to learn about the importance of respecting the rights and responsibilities of all people, be able to work for justice and against poverty without traveling to a third-world country, and experience the richness of the Hispanic culture.

21 Acres
Woodinville
21 Acres is a non-profit organization with a vision to create and operate a vital, open public space for all of us to rediscover the agricultural heritage of our region and learn about cutting-edge, sustainable agricultural design and technologies as well as ways to maximize the beneficial aspects of fresh local produce and farm products.

Morethana Farm 
Woodinville
Morethana Farm in Woodinville, WA is a six-acre farm being transformed from fields of invasive grass species to a diverse and robust Permaculture testing ground.  The Farm provides an opportunity to pursue Permaculture Design and agroforestry methods, convene an on-site educational “field lab,” training programs, and engage community collaboration on and beyond the farm.

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance 
Seattle
Soundkeeper’s mission is to protect and preserve the waters of Puget Sound by monitoring, cleaning up and preventing pollutants from entering its waters.To accomplish its mission, Soundkeeper actively monitors Puget Sound through kayak patrols and uses the Soundkeeper patrol boat on a weekly basis enlisting a network of trained volunteers to detect and report pollution. As a major environmental stakeholder, Soundkeeper actively engages government agencies and businesses working to regulate pollution discharges from sewage treatment plants, industrial facilities, construction sites, municipalities and others.

Threads and Treads
Canyon Park Jr. High School -- Northshore School District
Threads & Treads provides Northshore families free, quality donated clothing for school-age youth, teens, young adults and parents. Clothing items include appropriate clothing for the school day and special events, sportswear, shoes and accessories. All Northshore families in need of clothing assistance are welcome to shop each month for up to three outfits.

Tulalip Tribes
Tulalip Tribes are a federally recognized Indian tribe with a reservation located near the town of Marysville, Washington. The Tulalip Tribes are successors in interest to the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish, and other bands and tribes of Indians who inhabited the drainages of the rivers which now bear their names as well as parts of Whidbey and Camano Islands and the mainland shore from Mukilteo north to the mouth of the Stillaguamish River.

 

2014-2015 Planning Committee Contacts:

Linh Huynh
ACT Service Leader
LHuynh@uwb.edu

Dexter Chan
ACT Service Leader
DChan@uwb.edu

Auzeen Rasaie
ACT Program Assistant
ARasaie@uwb.edu

Missy Dominguez
Program Manager for Student Engagement & Activities
MDominguez@uwb.edu
 

Past Projects:

2014 ASB Sites:
Camp Korey
Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
21 Acres
The Tulalip Tribes Natural Resource Department
Threads and Treads

2013 ASB Sites:
Food Lifeline
Camp Korey
Northshore Wranglers
Northshore Community Schools’ HANG-TIME

2012 ASB Sites:
Camp Korey
Friends of North Creek Forest
PAWS Wildlife
Habitat for Humanity
Overnight health care trip to Ritzville

2011 ASB Sites:
Camp Korey
Vineyard Park Assisted Living
Teen Feed

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