Sample focus areas:
Poverty and Homelessness
Poverty is the deprivation of food, shelter, money, and clothing that occurs when people cannot satisfy these basic needs. By choosing this sector as your area of focus, you will be helping others obtain these human necessities. This could involve anything from organizing personal care products and preparing food at a homeless shelter to taking inventory of donations at a food bank
Community members unite to take collective action and form solutions to everyday problems. By choosing this sector as your area of focus, you will partner with community members in order to address societal concerns. This could involve anything from construction work with a housing organization to blight removal through a neighborhood clean-up.
Hunger and Food Security
Food Security is fair access for all people at all times to enough real, healthy food to live an active, healthy life. By choosing this focus area, you could be doing anything from working in a community garden to providing food in undernourished areas.
Advocate to end intolerance, educate others, and support social equity for LGBTQ+ community.
Health and Community Wellness
Spend your week engaging in public health initiatives. Examples of this work include working with a local hospital, clinic, or public health organization.
- All participants are required to pay a $100 non-refundable deposit with their application.
- The remaining trip cost will be due in 3 installment payments. Deadlines for the installment payments will be selected by the Alternative Summer Break leadership team.
- Payments can be made using checks or money orders (made payable to the University of Michigan-Flint) or credit cards using the “Miscellaneous Credit Card Transaction via Verifone Form” and the “Alternative Summer Break Payment Verification Form”, Cash will also be accepted.
- The Alternative Summer Break program reserves the right to drop participants for missing payment deadlines. Participants who are dropped can be reinstated only if their spot has not been filled. Participants dropped as a result of non-payment forfeit any payments already made.
- Payments are accepted in University Outreach Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All deposits are Non-Refundable
- Money paid in addition to deposit will be refunded as outlined below
- Cancellations prior to June 1 = 100% of money paid (minus deposit)
- Cancellations June 2- July 17 = 50% of money paid (minus deposit)
- Cancellations made July 18 - August 13 will not be refunded
- The Alternative Summer Break Program is a student organized and executed program with a University Outreach staff member(s) serving as the advisor(s).
- All positions within the organization are volunteer. This includes the executive board, general board, site leaders, and participants.
- FUNDING for the organization to operate is received from individual participants and from donations only.
- PARTICIPANT SIGN-UP BEGINS April 6, 2016.
- TEAM MEETINGS prior to ASuB are mandatory for participants. Participants who do not attend are required to make up this time with the site leader.
- SITE-LEADER MEETINGS prior to ASuB are mandatory for site-leaders. Site leaders who do not attend are required to make up this time with the executive board. The Alternative Summer Break program reserves the right to DROP site leaders if he/she is not meeting expectations.
- Each participant must complete a LIABILTIY FORM available on MGagement, prior to ASuB.
- Each site leader will discuss the Alcohol and Illegal Drugs Policy with participants.
- The Alternative Summer Break program reserves the right to cancel a trip due to travel advisories, the closing of a host agency, low enrollment, or other situations that would create an unsafe or un-meaningful break experience. Should this happen, participants will be given the opportunity to move to another trip or receive a full refund (including the $100 deposit).
- The Alternative Summer Break program reserves the right to change the price of trips due to unpredictable increases in gas prices, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, etc.
The University of Michigan-Flint expects all Alternative Break participants to abide by the laws, regulations, and customs of the host country, community, institution and program. There are certain areas under which the site staff advisor and site leader together have the authority to immediately dismiss a student from the Alternative Summer Break program.
- The following behaviors are among those that should result in immediate dismissal from ASuB:
- Conduct which is in violation of the laws, rules, and regulation, and customs of the host country, community, institution, or volunteer site.
- Conduct that damages or destroys property of another person, institution, or organization.
- Physical or sexual assault; harassment; unlawful possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs; alcohol abuse/misuse; setting a fire or possession of explosives; possession of a weapon including BB guns and knives; theft.
- Behavior, whether academic or social, which constitutes a clear and present danger to the health or safety of persons or property, or threatens the future viability of the program.
- Repeated offenses or severe infractions of the community standards and regulations as established by the local lodging facilities.
Alcohol and Illegal Drugs Policy
An Alternative Break is a unique experience that allows participants to immerse themselves in a different culture while performing meaningful community service. Issues of legality, liability, personal safety and group cohesion are of concern when alcohol and other drugs are consumed on an Alternative Summer Break. As a result, at no time will The University of Michigan–Flint’s Alternative Break program tolerate drinking or alcohol use.
Use of Illegal Drugs
The University of Michigan-Flint has a zero-tolerance policy regarding the possession, use, manufacture, production, sale, exchange, or distribution of illegal drugs (as defined by United States law) by students, faculty, and staff participating with Alternative Break. This policy pertains to all Alternative Break sites (within the United States and abroad).
Violation of the Alcohol and Illegal Drugs Policy is grounds for termination from the Alternative Break program. Termination will result in the participant being sent home at his/her own expense and possible referral to the campus judicial system.
Procedures for Immediate Dismissal
If a participant has committed a violation that requires immediate dismissal from ASuB, the site leader(s) and site staff advisor must complete each of the following steps:
- Meet to discuss a plan of action to be followed when dismissing a participant.
- Contact the ASuB advisor to determine appropriate actions.
- Approach the participant as a team and inform the participant of his/her dismissal from ASuB.
- Using the “ASuB Dismissal Form,” document the violation(s) and response of participant in writing. This form informs the participant that he/she is no longer considered an ASuB participant and must leave the residence by a designated date and time.
- Have the participant sign and date the statement acknowledging that he/she is no longer a participant. If the participant refuses to sign the statement, have a witness (Site Leader) sign a statement indicating the participant has been dismissed but refuses to sign the form.
- Give a copy of this form to the participant, keep a copy of the form for yourself, and fax a copy of the form immediately to the Office of University Outreach. If a fax machine is not easily assessable return a copy of the signed form to the office immediately following your return to the University of Michigan-Flint.
- Inform the participant that he/she is no longer allowed to volunteer, continue using ASuB lodging, or travel in ASuB transportation. At this time inform former ASuB participant, that he/she is no longer welcome to use (ride or drive) vehicles rented by ASuB.
- Assist the participant in making alternative transportation arrangements back to the University of Michigan-Flint.
- Inform the participant that a report may be filed and he or she may be referred to the University Judicial System for a hearing upon his or her return to the University of Michigan-Flint. Consequences for drug and alcohol violations may include, but are not limited to, some form of disciplinary probation, required attendance at education programs, referral for assessment at educational programs, referral for assessment and treatment, and suspension from the University of Michigan-Flint for sale of illegal drugs or repeated violations of the regulations.
Meet the Team
Chloe Plamondon, Executive Board Director
I am a senior at the University of Michigan-Flint. I will be graduating in Fall 2017 with a major in Communication and a minor in Psychology. Spending four years at U of M Flint has shown me what a true community looks like. Being involved in Intervarsity, Campus Activities Board and Block Club feels like being more than apart of a club. It feels like being apart of a family. I am active in the the National Society of Leadership and Success, was a site leader for Alternative Spring Break and am currently the executive board director of Alternative Summer Break. The Outreach program, as well as the society, has taught me leadership and revealed to me my passion for community service. I live to inspire others, especially when it comes to volunteering. I have a passion not only for people, but for helping people in any way I can. After graduation, I plan to pursue working with non profits, weather that means marketing for them, motivating other college or high school students to volunteer or coordinating volunteer events. Outside of school, when I find time, I love concerts, U of M Football games and traveling to the west coast.
Anna Maria Genovesi, Executive Board Director
I am a junior in the Nursing program, going into my third semester of six. I have done Alternative Spring Break for two years and love being involved in the community and learning about all the organizations in Flint. I like to run and travel and will be going abroad to Kenya this May. I spend a lot of time with my family, specifically my niece who is a year and a half.
Hi! My name is Joshua Cambri and I'm still undecided with my major. I'm also a soon to be sophomore with good academic standing. I enjoy playing videogames and watching TV shows, but I joined ASB because I enjoy volunteering and helping others just as much. I want to make a difference with others and I look forward to working with everyone in ASuB!
I came to the University of Michigan-Flint having the thought of being a General Manager at a Lifetime Fitness and my life would be set. Come to find out it wasn't that easy. However I pursued marketing anyways. I’m still in marketing, I picked up a minor in communication and will graduate at the end of April. I hold a 3.47 GPA and I am the president of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) Organization on campus. I am involved in ASuB for a chance to learn more about social justice, the opportunity to become a leader, and to have some fun in the process. In my spare time I am usually working out, and in fact driving my friends and family nuts with the amount of workouts I perform in a day. I am also a CrossFit Coach at 810 CrossFit in Grand Blanc. So my working out is not totally wasted.
I am a Senior studying Health Sciences with a Pre-Physical Therapy concentration and a minor in Spanish. I will be graduating this December with my Bachelors and hope to be accepted into Physical Therapy school for Fall 2018. I've had some minor setbacks in my college career, but haven't let them discourage me from pursuing my goals. My interest in ASuB increased after my 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, I work about 15 hours a week, as well as, participate and instruct at my father's martial arts school. I have practiced two styles of martial arts for 15 years, earning a black belt in both styles and becoming a certified instructor in this time. I would not be the person I am today without having developed the confidence, discipline, and patience martial arts has taught me. My favorite part is teaching our young students and watching them develop these very same skills. When I find spare time, I enjoy spending it with friends, watching Netflix, trying new recipes, and playing with my family's new puppy!
I will be graduating in April 2017 with a dual degree in both human biology and general biology with a pre-med concentration. Upon graduation, I intend to continue my volunteer work at Hurley, and possibly get involved in research before hopefully beginning medical school in August of 2018. Of course, I also intend to stay involved with Alternative Breaks for as long as I can. I am involved with ASuB and all of the other AB programs because I believe in it and am 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.
I am a molecular biology major and I am currently in my third year of school with a focus of the medical field. I have been involved with the Alternative Break program for the past three years and continue to have new experiences. This will be my second year for the ASUB board and I still get the same enjoyment from the program as I did when I first started. I personally got involved for a thing to do over spring break but it quickly became a passion of mine. I enjoy the work that we do, the impact we make and experiences that I cannot get anywhere else. I enjoy the outdoors during my free time as well as spending time exploring a new video games. When I can find a good book, I like to hibernate in my room until it is completed.
I am a sophomore with a Marketing major and a minor in Communications and Graphic Design. I love getting involved in our community and seeing the difference we can all make. In my spare time, I enjoy watching YouTube videos, laughing at memes, and listening to music.