Alternative 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.

Click HERE for student site leader job description.

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Alternative Spring Break 2018  

Event Descriptions:

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.

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.

*Times above do not account for travel

More events and registration coming soon!

Learning Objectives:

Through civic service actions students will:

  • Gain exposure to community partners to learn about issues of 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. 

2017-2018 Planning Committee Contacts:

Neha Chhabra
ACT Service Lead
chhabneh@uw.edu 

Mariama Jawara
ACT Service Lead
mjawara@uw.edu

Xuan Nguyen
ACT Service Lead
xdn@uw.edu 

Shauniece Drayton
ACT Program Coordinator-ACT Advisor
sad23@uw.edu

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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