It is the vision of the UM-Dearborn Alternative Breaks program to be a catalyst for students to create social change in communities in Metro Detroit and across the globe. Our mission is to provide opportunities for UM-Dearborn students to develop into active citizens through extensive service learning experiences in the community. Our program has the following goals:
- Enable opportunities to serve and make impact through personal and professional interests.
- Develop leadership opportunities for students through engagement with community.
- Foster partnerships with non-profit and community agencies to create positive change.
- Build communities of servant leaders.
- Promote socially just principles through service.
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) 2015
Trips for Alternative Spring Break 2015 are focused around three core issues:
- Urban poverty (Cleveland, OH)
- Rural poverty (Manistique, MI)
- Environmental preservation (Catalina Island, CA)
Over the 2014 spring break, groups of University of Michigan-Dearborn students served in California, Washington DC, Virginia, Indiana, Detroit and Flint! Between November and February, students helped plan their trips while fund-raising, developing team solidarity, and learning about the community they served.
Breaks are spent not only serving and learning in a community, but also enjoying team activities and exploring the area. After ASB, students relished in lasting friendships and apply new skills and interests in all areas of life.