Alternative Spring Break

ASB-reg-logo-webpage.jpgAlternative Spring Break 

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 social and environmental justice issues within the community.

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

Student site leader job description

Alternative Spring Break 2018  

*Times below do not account for travel time

21 Acres

  • Date: Saturday March 17th 2018
  • Time: 11:30am-2:30pm 
  • Location: 3701 NE 171st St, Woodinville, WA 98072

Description: 21 Acres Center for Local Food & Sustainable Living is a leader in sustainable and regenerative practices, serving as a living laboratory center for conscious consumers who want to learn new, more sustainable ways of living. Volunteers could be working on wetlands restoration, plant propagation, garden and food forest maintenance, or compost making. Limited transportation is provided. Registration is required. 

What to bring: Please bring weather appropriate clothing and shoes as activities will will be physical and take place outdoors, rain or shine.

Kayak Clean Up with Puget SoundKeeper Alliance

  • Date: Wednesday March 21st 2018
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Location: Northwest Outdoor Center (NWOC) - 2100 Westlake Ave N #1, Seattle, WA 98109

Description: Puget Soundkeeper Alliance actively monitors Puget Sound through kayak patrols and boat patrols. Volunteer patrols form a central part of their effort to monitor pollution and prevent debris from contaminating our waterways. Volunteers will help patrol on kayaks with garbage bags and remove debris from the shorelines.  Limited transportation is provided. Registration is required. 

What to bring: Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Wear athletic clothing that can get wet and/or muddy, and bring an extra set of clothes if you wish to change afterwards. Old tennis shoes are a good option if you don’t have water shoes. If it is sunny, consider wearing a hat and sunscreen and bring plenty of water. All kayaking and cleanup equipment is provided. Bags can be stored in the NWOC office.

Waivers: Everyone will need to sign a Puget Soundkeeper waiver and a NWOC waiver. Participants under 18 will need a guardian to sign BOTH waivers on their behalf. This can be done in advance or the day of. A safety overview will be delivered before heading out.

Mountains to Sound Overnight Trip 

  • Date: Thursday March 22nd, 2018-Friday March 23rd, 2018
  • Time: 8am March 22nd-4pm March 23rd
  • Location: Camp Korey, Mt. Vernon & Sharpe Park Anacotes, WA

Description: ACT has teamed up with the OWLs to host our second overnight service trip for ASB 2018! We will meet on campus at 8am on March 22nd and carpool to Camp Korey in Mt.Vernon where will we do service and stay the night. On March 23rd we will carpool to the second service site, Sharpe Park in Anacortoes, WA. The program will end at 4pm and we will carpool back to the UWB campus. Meals and snacks will be provided. Limited transportation is provided. Registration is required.  A pre-trip meeting is required for this event.

What to bring:Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Wear athletic clothing that can get wet and/or muddy, and bring an extra set of clothes and/or a hat if you wish to change afterwards. For the overnight portion sleeping bags, warm clothes, tennis shoes, toiletries, personal snacks and a water bottle is highly recommended. The OWLs will have some gear that is available to check out for the trip such as sleeping bags and backpacks.

Youth Migrant Project

Date: Saturday March 24th 2018
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: St Charles Catholic Church-935 Peterson Rd. Burlington, WA 98233

Description: This program began in 1985 to serve the children of migrant workers while their parents were working. The project was moved to the Skagit Valley in 1993 and allows high schoolers to serve in day care centers and food banks at St. Charles while visiting migrant camps and providing donations. Volunteers will be working in the food bank for this event. Limited transportation is provided. Registration is required.

Learning Objectives

Through civic service actions students will:

  • Gain exposure to community partners to learn about issues of environmental justice and social justice for which the organizations were created.  
  • Participate in a well thought out reflection to gain a larger understanding of the community they are impacting.  
  • Learn that service activities can be a fun way to create positive change in the local community.  
  • Be introduced to leadership opportunities in addition to creating a community within their peers across different disciplines. 

2018-2019 Planning Committee Contacts:

Neha Chhabra
ACT Service Chair 

Yaqoob Zakaria
ACT Service Lead 

Rama Tadmori
ACT Service Lead​

Shauniece Drayton
ACT Program Coordinator (ACT Advisor)

Past Projects:

2017 ASB Sites:
Youth Migrant Project
Stress-Free Sensory Music with Monroe YMCA
SAgE Farm
Kayaking Clean Up with Puget SoundKeeper Alliance

2016 ASB Sites:
Youth Migrant Project
Mountains to Sound Service-Overnight
Tulalip Tribes/NW Indian College
Threads and Treads-Northshore School District

2015 ASB Sites:
Youth Migrant Project
21 Acres & Morethana Farms
Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
Wetland Restoration and Cultural Exchange with Tulalip NW Indian College
Threads and Treads

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