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

ASB Student Site Lead  2019 Applications Open

Being a Student Site Leader for Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an opportunity for UW Bothell students to hold a volunteer leadership position. As a site leader, you will be working with the ASB ACT Leaders to coordinate and manage one of the various service projects with UWB’s community partners that will happen during the week of Spring Break.  Qualifications include leadership ability, communication skills, and interest to learn new skills. 
If interested please email ACT at: by February 25th.

Student site leader job description


Alternative Spring Break 2019

Tri Parish Food Bank 

Date: Saturday March 23rd 2019
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. Lunch provided Registration is required.

Overnight Service Trip

Description: Students will work with 2 organizations. The Green Kirkland Partnership is an alliance between the City of Kirkland, nonprofit partners, businesses and the community to restore more than 500 acres of natural areas in the City. Volunteers will spend the morning participating in restoration activities at O.O. Denny Park which may include removing non-native invasive plants like English ivy and Himalayan blackberry, spreading mulch over cleared areas, and planting native trees, shrubs and ground covers.

Mountains to Sound Greenway as well as Green Kirkland Partnership. Mountains to Sound Greenway weaves together the urban and the wild, the Greenway connects 1.5 million acres surrounding Interstate 90, including the 15th-largest metropolis in the United States. Students will be assisting in tree potting. Green Kirkland Partnership 

Waivers: Everyone will need to sign a Mountains to Sound waiver and a Green Kirkland Partnership waiver. Participants under 18 will need a guardian to sign waivers on their behalf. This can be done in advance (under 18) or the day of. 

  • Date:
    Monday March 25th 2019|8:30am-4:00pm (Green Kirkland Partnership)
    Tuesday March 26th 2019|8:30am-3:00pm (Mountains to Sound Greenway)
  • Location: 
    O.O. Denny Park Kirkland, WA
    Lodging Flowing Lake Park, Snohomish, WA
    Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah, WA

Kayak Clean-Up with Puget SoundKeeper Alliance

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. Lunch 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.

  • Date: Wednesday March 27, 2019
  • Time: 10am-12pm
  • Location: Northwest Outdoor Center (NWOC) - 2100 Westlake Ave N #1, Seattle, WA 98109

Viva Farms Service Project 

Description: Viva Farms is a non-profit Farm Business Incubator and Training Program established in 2009. They operate two locations in Skagit County Washington, and one in King County Washington. They lower the barriers for beginning farmers, and create the opportunity for success. For the service project students will be learning about the farm and removing invasive species getting ready for spring crops. Lunch 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. If it is sunny, consider wearing a hat and sunscreen and bring plenty of water. 

  • Date: Friday March 29th 2019
  • Time: 10am-2pm
  • Location:  Viva Farms -16215 140th Pl NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

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






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