Alternative Spring Break 2019:
Monday, March 4 to Friday, March 10, 2019

University of Michigan-Flint’s Alternative Spring Break program enables students to learn about issues such as homelessness, poverty, hunger, violence, environmental issues, and complex social and cultural issues. Students will listen to and understand community needs and continue a commitment to community service and social change.

Description

The University of Michigan-Flint’s Alternative Spring Break is a University Outreach sponsored program that offers a community service learning experience on a local level during the traditional Spring Break of the academic calendar. Students spend time learning about complex social, cultural and environmental issues. During spring break, groups carpool to a selected site to engage in meaningful action toward a greater understanding of root causes of relevant issues. Students participate in critical reflection and analysis of social justice issues they experience first-hand.

The program is dedicated to providing break opportunities to as many students as possible, while striving to increase community impact and student learning and address societal problems with understanding and compassion. Critical elements of this process are recognizing community needs and assets while working in partnership with community members. Equally important is translating the experience into an understanding of the complexity and interconnectedness of social problems and making a commitment to being part of the long-term solution. Some of the sites that ASB have served are, but are not limited to: helping with hurricane Katrina cleanup, urban renewal with the Genesee County Land Bank and the Salvation Army, help with afterschool programming in local middle and elementary schools, serving meals at homeless shelters and also doing small construction projects.

Alternative Spring Break Options:

Impact Days

Impact Days are flexible to accommodate students with busy lives but still give students the opportunity to make an IMPACT in the Flint community. Instead of committing to a whole week, students will have the opportunity to choose which days they are going to volunteer. Days usually start around 10am and will end around 5pm. Lunch and transportation to and from sites will be provided.

STAY-cation

This program is designed for students that want the vacation experience but still would like to serve the Flint community during their spring break. Students will participate in the same daily schedule as Impact Days participants however, instead of going home each night, students will stay at Carriage Town Ministries in a transition home. Following the workday, students will explore downtown Flint and engage in group activities. All meals and transportation to and from sites will be provided. STAY-cation participants are required to stay the entire 4 days and 3 nights (Monday morning-Thursday evening).

Fees/Payments

Participant Fee

Regular fee (paid before February 11 , 2018): $15.00
Late registration fee (paid after February 11, 2018): $20.00

Payments

All payments can be made via cash, check or  money order and turned in to Gary Ashley on the 10th Floor of the Northbank Center. Checks must be payable to the University of Michigan-Flint and include the student's name and UMID in the memo. All payments are non-refundable. Payments not made by regular application and deadline are subject to the late payment cost of $20.

 

Sample Agenda

Typical Monday-Thursday daily agenda, subject to change.

Time Event

7:30 - 9:30 am

Breakfast and Morning Prep (Stay-cation)

9:30 - 9:45 am

Travel to UM-Flint (Stay-cation)

9:45 - 10:15 am

Check-in

10:15 - 10:45 am

Energizers, Ice breakers and Team Building activities

10:45 - 11:45 am

Group Education Session

11:45 - 12:30 pm

Lunch Break

12:30 - 1:00 pm

Travel to Work Sites

1:00 - 5:00 pm

Projects

5:00 - 5:15 pm

Travel to UM-Flint

5:15 - 5:45 pm

Reflection

5:45 - 7:00 pm

Group Dinner (Stay-cation)

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Night Activity (Stay-cation)

9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Showers (Stay-cation)

 

Meet the Team

Casie Hartman, Program Co-Chair

Casie is an Alumni of the University of Michigan-Flint. She graduated in December 2013 with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Visual Communications concentrating in Photography. Casie has been a participant in Alternative Spring Break and board member for several years. She finds it extremely rewarding and very important to continue serving her community and making new relationships even after graduating. In her free time you can find her at home with her wonderful two young boys, she also loves to bake, read, and craft. 

Quinton Kraft, Program Co-Chair

Quinton is a senior and will be completing his BA in Human Biology with a Pre-Dentistry focus. This is his second year on the Executive Board for ASB, but has been involved with AB programming for four years now. Quinton is also the Vice-President of the Pre-Dental Club and a member of the Chemistry Club. In his spare time, he likes to collect and repair vintage video games, adventure into the wilderness, work on cars, and visit with his loved ones. 

Anna Maria Genovesi, Education Co-Chair

Anna is in her 4th year of 5 in the Nursing program at the University of Michigan-Flint.  She has participated in Alternative Spring Break for three years along with other activities on campus and love being involved in the community. She likes to travel and she went to Kenya last May.  She will be going to Cambodia this May. Outside of school, she spends a lot of time with my family and enjoys running.

Anthony Napolitano, Education Co-Chair

Anthony graduated in December 2017 with a dual degree in both human biology and general biology with a pre-med concentration. Following graduation, he intends to continue his volunteer work at Hurley, and possibly get involved in research before hopefully beginning medical school in August of 2018.  He also intends to stay involved with Alternative Breaks for as long as he is able. He is involved with ASuB and all of the other AB programs because he believes in the program and is very passionate about the message it conveys. Now more than ever, coming together as a community and as a nation to help those affected by hard times is so important. "These programs give us the opportunity to do that not only in our own backyard but elsewhere as well. I consider that a privilege."

Sarah Ellsworth, Logistics Co-Chair

Sarah Ellsworth is a Sophomore at the University of Michigan-Flint. She will be starting the Nursing Program the Fall of 2018.  She is interested in ASB because of the experience it offers and the chance to be a apart of a positive force of change in the Flint community.  Besides volunteering, school, and work, Sarah enjoys spending time with family, cuddling with dogs, re-reading the Harry Potter’s regularly, and watching all genres of movies.  

Hannah Lee, Logistics Co-Chair

Hannah graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint in December 2017 with a B.S. in Health Sciences with a Pre-Physical Therapy concentration and a minor in Spanish.  She has recently applied to graduate school and hopes to be accepted into a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program for Fall 2018. Her interest in ASuB increased after her ASB 2017 experience. "ASB had a major impact on me and it was so rewarding to see the difference we made in the Flint community. I truly wish I didn't wait until my last year of college to get involved and make a difference." Outside of school, she works about 15 hours a week, participates and instructs at her father's martial arts school. She has practiced two styles of martial arts for 15 years, earning a black belt in both styles and becoming a certified instructor.  She credits martial arts with providing confidence, discipline, and patience.  Her favorite part is teaching young students and watching them develop these very same skills. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends, watching Netflix, trying new recipes, and playing with her family's new puppy.

Ashleigh Gray, Marketing & Fundraising Co-Chair

Ashleigh is a senior studying Research Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse Treatment.  She will be graduating in December and plans to go to graduate school in the fall of 2019 to pursue a PhD in Social Psychology Research. She enjoys being involved and helping the community. "It’s extremely rewarding to see the impact and difference we can make." Outside of school, she enjoys reading, watching The Vampire Diaries, and hanging out with her dog.

Jonathon Hayes, Marketing & Fundraising Co-Chair

Jonathan graduated in April of 2017 from the University of Michigan-Flint with a B.A. in Marketing with a minor in Communications.  While in undergrad, he maintained a 3.47 GPA and served as the president of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) Organization on campus. "I became involved in Alternative Breaks for a chance to learn more about social justice, the opportunity to become a leader, and to have some fun in the process."  In his spare time he enjoys working out and is also a CrossFit Coach at 810 CrossFit in Grand Blanc.