Due the COVID-19, Alternative Summer Break 2020 is cancelled.


ASuB is a University Outreach sponsored program designed to provide an opportunity for students to partake in meaningful community service learning experiences throughout the United States. During the summer semester, students spend a week of service addressing a particular social, cultural or environmental issue. All trips are issue-based meaning students choose a trip based on a specific topic, not a destination. The organizations and locations are not revealed until orientation. Through community exploration, direct service, group discussions and reflection activities, students will learn about the issue and the community in which they serve. Following the trip, students will return as active citizens and be able to translate their experiences into addressing the needs of their communities.

Sample focus areas:

Community Development

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.

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labour, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. This site will be a learning experience and will be able to learn how to help those who have been victimized by human trafficking.

Hunger & 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.


Veterans focus on men and women who have or will serve the United Sates Military. This can include, but is not limited to providing support, providing resources, physical labor, etc.


Youth focus on the younger population. We will be working with youth directly or providing assistance for those who partake in events with the youth.

ASuB Sample Daily Agenda




  • All participants are required to pay a $125 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.





General Policies

  • 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.
  • 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 $125 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.

Participant Conduct

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

Alcohol Use
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


Gary Ashley earned a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Human Relations from the University of Michigan-Flint in December 2005. Since then he has been employed at the University of Michigan-Flint and has held a number of positions. He started working in Alumni Relations and then moved to Institutional Advancement; he worked in each department for one year respectively. He is currently working in University Outreach and has a great deal of experience in partnering with departments within the university and organizations outside the university to help revitalize Genesee County. It is his personal mission to help Genesee County be a better place to live, work, play, etc.!

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Executive Board

Hannah Lee


Sarah Ellsworth