Alternative Spring Break

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 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.

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Alternative Spring Break 2016! 



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. 

Date: Saturday March 19th, 2016 Time: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM Location: Burlington, WA

Mountains to Sound Service- Overnight: Join ACT and the OWLs (Outdoor Wellness Leaders) for a Mountains to Sound adventure where we will learn about and give back to some of the beautiful and complex environments that make Washington state so special! Start the morning off early with a trail maintenance work party at Tiger Mountain led by Mountains to Sound Greenway. After a full day of fun and educational work we will retire to cabins at Dash Point State Park. We’ll cook dinner over grills and open fires, make campfire desserts, and spend the night bonding around the campfire. In the morning we’ll fix a big breakfast before heading to the beach to help cleanup one of the last natural stretches of shoreline in the Puget Sound. Don’t worry! There will be plenty of time for fun amidst all the good deeds you’ll be performing on this trip. 

Dates: Wed March 23rd-Thurs March 24th, 2016 Time: 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM the following day Location: Dash Point (Federal-Way)

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.

Tulalip Tribes/NW Indian College: The Tulalip Tribes is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the Tulalip Reservation in the mid-Puget Sound area containing Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Skykomish, and other allied tribes and bands signatory to the Treaty of Point Elliott. The Salish word for Tulalip is dxʷlilap, which means "small-mouthed bay" and refers to the nearly landlocked nature of the cove. Volunteers will experience a cultural exchange with Northwest Indian College students as we explore the Tulalip Reservation.

Date: Friday, March 25th, 2016 Time: 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM  Location: Tulalip, WA

Threads & Treads: 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. Volunteers will take donations to inspect and sort in order to create outfits for families to choose from. 
Date: Saturday March 26th, 2016   Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Location: Canyon Park Jr High School

*Times do not account for travel time.*


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.

2015-2016 Planning Committee Contacts:

Sukhaman Kaur
ACT Service Lead

Gerald MacKenzie
ACT Service Lead 

Neha Chhabra
ACT Service Lead 

Shauniece Drayton
Community Engagement Program Coordinator-ACT Advisor

Missy Dominguez
Program Manager
Student Engagement & Activities

Past Projects:

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