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 justice issues within the community.

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

Click HERE for student site leader job description.


Alternative Spring Break 2017 Descriptions 


Youth Migrant Project: 
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.
Date: Saturday March 18th, 2017 Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Location: Burlington, WA

Stress-free Sensory Music with Monroe YMCA:
The stress-free sensory music class is small and supportive. It focuses on hands-on participation playing instruments, listening, and learning rhythm and melody, motor control strength and control. YMCA participants will experience movement, sensory integration, song writing working together as a sense of belonging and acceptance, as well as the joy of making music. Student volunteers will  support the YMCA participants with special needs in staying focused in addition being a part of the inclusive environment.
Date: Monday March 20th, 2017 Time: 3:30PM-5:00PM PM Location: Monroe, WA

SAgE Farm: 
The SAgE Sammamish Valley Student Farm, adjacent to the Sammamish River Trail, is located in one of the last contiguous areas of farmland in King County.  The 4 acre farm is nestled among over 2 dozen farms along the Sammamish River in Woodinville, WA. They practice sustainable agriculture following organic practices.
Volunteers will be working on outdoor projects for the farm during this event. Lunch will be provided for those in attendance. Limited transportation is provided. 
Date: Tuesday March 21st, 2017 Time: 9:30AM-2:00PM Location: Woodinville, WA
Equipment: Most equipment will be provided. Volunteers should wear rain proof shoes and dress in layers in case of rain. 

Kayaking Clean Up with Puget Sound Keeper Alliance:
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. Puget Soundkeeper Alliance actively engages government agencies and businesses working to regulate pollution discharges from sewage treatment plants, industrial facilities, construction sites, municipalities, etc. Volunteers will help patrol on kayaks with garbage bags and remove debris from the shorelines.
Date: Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 Time: 9:00 AM-1:00PM Location: Seattle, WA

Equipment: All kayaking equipment will be provided. Passengers should wear closed-toe shoes with rubber soles, dress for the weather and water. You will be provided with cleanup tools as well (grabbers, trash bags, nets).
Waivers: Everyone will sign a PSA waiver. Participants under 18 will need a guardian to sign the waiver on their behalf. This can be done in advance or the day of.

*Times may not account for travel time.*


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 

Mariama Jawara
ACT Service Lead

Xuan Nguyen
ACT Service Lead 

Shauniece Drayton
ACT Program Coordinator-ACT Advisor

Missy Dominguez
Program Manager
Student Engagement & Activities

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

  • Youth Migrant Project-Saturday March 18th 
  • Stress-Free Sensory Music with Monroe YMCA-March 20th 
  • SAgE Farm-Tuesday March 21st
  • Kayaking Clean Up with Puget SoundKeeper Alliance-Wednesday March 22nd