Overview

Sunday, August 19 - Saturday, August 25, 2018

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

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

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

 

Payment/Refund

Payments

  • 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.

Payment Schedule

Upon Submitting Application:  Non-Refundable Deposit $125

June 4, 2018: (Orientation)1st Payment $100

July 5, 2018: 2nd Payment $100

August 6, 2018: 3rd Payment $100

All deposits are Non-Refundable

  • Money paid in addition to deposit will be refunded as outlined below

    • Cancellations prior to June 4 = 100% of money paid (minus deposit)
    • Cancellations June 4- July 20 = 50% of money paid (minus deposit)
    • Cancellations made July 20 - August 14 will not be refunded

Refund Appeal Form

 

 

Policies/Procedures

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.
  • PARTICIPANT SIGN-UP BEGINS March 5, 2018.
  • 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
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

Executive Board

Jonathan Hayes

Jonathan has pursued marketing with a minor in communication and will graduate at the end of April. He has a 3.47 GPA and is the president of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) Organization on campus. He is involved in ASuB to learn more about social justice, engage in leadership opportunities, and to have some fun in the process. In his spare time he works out and is a CrossFit Coach at 810 CrossFit in Grand Blanc. 

 

Hannah Lee

Hannah is a Senior studying Health Sciences with a Pre-Physical Therapy concentration and a minor in Spanish. She will be graduating this December with a Bachelors and hopes to be accepted into the Physical Therapy program in the Fall of 2018. She is interested in Alternative breaks after her ASB 2017 experience. ASB had a major impact on her and it was rewarding to see the difference ASB made in the Flint community. Outside of school, she works about 15 hours a week, and 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.  Martial Arts has taught her 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.

General Board

Education Committee:

Chloe Plamondon

Chloe graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Communication. Chloe currently works for Alumni Relations at the University of Michigan-Flint. This will be her second time serving on the board for Alternative Summer Break and third trip.  The week helps students learn about themselves, learn about a new city and make new friends.  She is thankful for the University of Michigan-Flint for providing the opportunity to experience this week of service. She has always had a heart for helping people and that's what ASuB is about.  In her spare time, she enjoys watching The Office, traveling the U.S. and eating Grilled Cheese.

 

Joshua Cambri

Joshua Cambri will be a sophomore with good academic standing.  He enjoys playing videogames and watching TV shows, but joined ASB because he enjoys volunteering and helping others . He wants to make a difference with others and looks forward to working with everyone in ASuB.

 

 

Logistics Committee:

Kevin O’Connor

Kevin's major is molecular biology and he is currently in his third year of school with a focus in the medical field. He has been involved with the Alternative Break program for the past three years and continues to have new experiences. This will be his second year for the ASUB board and he still gets the same enjoyment from the program as he did when he first started. He personally got involved for something to do over spring break but it quickly became a passion of his. He enjoys the work that ASub does, the impact that is made and experiences that he cannot get anywhere else. He enjoys spending time outdoors and exploring a new video games in his spare time.

 

Sarah Ellsworth

Sarah is a Sophomore at the University of Michigan-Flint and is majoring in Nursing.  She is interested in ASuB because of her  previous experience with Alternative Breaks.  The program offers the opportunity to be a part of a positive force of change in the Flint community and beyond.  Along with volunteering, working and attending classes, Sarah enjoy spending time with family, cuddling with dogs and cats, re-reading the Harry Potter series, and watching all movie genres. 

Fundraising and Marketing committee:

Ashley McCloud

Ashley is an Alumni of the University of Michigan-Flint with a B.S in Health Education. As a student she participated in 6 Alternative Spring Breaks and 3 Alternative Summer Breaks, she has also served as a site leader for 6 of the 8 Alternative breaks she has participated in. She is now serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member as a liaison to the Community Education Initiative, which is a program city-wide program that focuses on supporting students and families of the Flint Community.  When she is not serving her community you can find her dancing everywhere because she takes ballet, jazz and contemporary dance classes. She also enjoys watching movies and traveling whenever she gets the chance. In the future Ashley plans to open her own non-profit to continue serving communities.

 

Ashleigh Gray

Ashleigh is a senior studying Research Psychology with a minor in Substance Abuse Treatment.  She will be graduating in December and plans to attend graduate school in the fall of 2019.  She will be pursuing her PhD in Cognitive Psychology. The experiences she has had through the Alternative Breaks program have been definitely eye-opening. She enjoys being involved and helping the community.  It’s extremely rewarding to see how much of a difference and how big of an impact ASub can make. Outside of school she enjoys reading, watching The Vampire Diaries and Fixer Upper, and hanging out with her dog.