Alternative Spring Break

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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  2020 Applications 

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. Questions? Email ACT: uwbact@uw.edu 

Student site leader job description

 

Alternative Spring Break 2020

Registration for ASB Events!

All ASB Trips have been cancelled except 21 Acres

Tri Parish Food Bank 

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 required.

  • Date: Saturday March 21, 2020
  • Time: 9am-3pm
  • Location: St Charles Catholic Church-935 Peterson Rd. Burlington, WA 98233

 

Kayak Clean-Up with Puget SoundKeeper Alliance 

Re-scheduled!

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 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 May 20, 2020
  • 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 sustainable farming practices. Activities could include: removing invasive species, making rich soil for native plants and animals, getting ready for spring crops. This event is in collaboration with the OWLs.  Lunch provided. Registration 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 27, 2020
  • Time: 9:30am-2pm
  • Location:  Viva Farms -16215 140th Pl NE, Woodinville, WA 98072

21 Acres Service Project 

Description: The 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. For the service project students will be learning about sustainable farming practices. Activities could include: removing invasive species, making rich soil for native plants and animals, getting ready for spring crops. Registration required. 7 spots available. 

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: Saturday March 28, 2020
  • Time: 9:30am-2pm
  • Location:  21 Acres-13701 NE 171st St, 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. 

2021 Planning Committee Contacts:

Fatima Jamal
ACT Service Chair
fatimaj@uw.edu  

Shahd  Ismail
ACT Service Lead
shahdi@uw.edu  

Paris Bruner
ACT Service Lead
 brunep@uw.edu

Shauniece Drayton
Civic Engagement Program Manager
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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