Alternative Breaks is a co-curricular program through the Office of University Outreach that aims to provide deeper learning opportunities for students, faculty and alumni through community engagement. Local service opportunities are provided during the university’s spring break via Alternative Spring Break as well as the second Saturday of each month through Service Saturdays. For participants that desire to learn and serve in a community outside of Flint, we offer Alternative Summer Break, taking place for a week during August each year.
As a proud member of Breakaway, we are committed to engaging participants and transforming them into active citizens using the Eight Components of a Quality Alternative Break: 1) strong, direct service opportunities, 2) orientation 3) educational sessions, 4) training, 5) reflection, 6) alcohol and drug free, 7) diversity and social justice, and 8) reorientation. Using this framework, we create an environment where participants can actively learn about complex social, cultural, and environmental issues first hand. Participants are then able to translate their experiences through Alternative Breaks into addressing the needs of their communities.