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Center for Leadership and Service

Alternative Service Breaks

The mission of the University of North Texas' Alternative Breaks Program is to raise awareness of social issues and injustices through education and intensive service learning experiences. With the goal of promoting service on the local and national, students are immersed in communities that will bring to the forefront social awareness and inspire lifelong action and friendships.

Alternative Breaks provide a variety of low cost, week long and weekend service opportunities. There is no more powerful service experience than when students are fully immersed in new communities and social issues. These opportunities not only contribute to a deeper understanding of social issues, service and community, but are often the sparks which ignite people to get involved in community service.

Health & Disabilities:

 Camp Rock!” - Camp Summit – Argyle, TX

Spend a week at Camp Summit for your spring break! Camp Summit is a great get-away for special needs children and adults to help grow independence and enhance skills for life. Be a counselor and work one-on-one building unforgettable relationships with some great campers! Lodging will be provided at the camp. Cost:  $25    http://www.campsummittx.org/

 

Disaster Relief:

"Oklahoma Tornado Relief" - Moore, Oklahoma

Help rebuild homes damaged by the spring tornadoes.  Lodging will be provided at a church.  Cost:  $200.

“Buildin’ in the Bayou!” –St. Bernard’s Project – New Orleans, LA (Greek Life Trip)

Be a Saint and help repave the way for families who were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Not only will you be helping to rebuild homes, but you will help rebuild lives. Lodging will be provided at a church. Cost: $200 http://www.stbernardproject.org/

“Rebuilding America” Joplin Disaster Relief/United Methodist– Joplin, Missouri

Make a difference by rebuilding the heartland damaged by tornadoes.  Join us as we roll up our sleeves and bring your construction skills to help put families in homes.  Lodging will be provided at a church. Cost:  $250 http://www.umocm.com/page23/page23.html

“Extreme Home Makeover – UNT Edition!” – Common Ground – New Orleans, LA (Emerald Eagles) Come help rebuild the heart of Louisiana after the massive destruction from Hurricane Katrina. This trip will include rebuilding homes and a greater sense of hope in this once vibrant city. Looking for hard working Emerald Eagle students ready to make some change! Lodging will be provided by the organization. Cost: $100 http://www.commongroundrelief.org/

 

Poverty and Homelessness:

“No One Knows Food Like Memphis!” - Memphis Food Bank – Memphis, TN

Take a bite into this great trip centered on fighting hunger in America. Volunteer with the Memphis Food Bank in this swinging city overflowing with music and culture. You will join as an advocate in this fight by helping distribute food to families in Tennessee. Lodging will be provided at a church. Cost: $250 http://www.midsouthfoodbank.org/

“Homeless, not Hopeless!” – SAMMinistries – San Antonio, TX  (Limited to student in UNT SERVES! REAL Community)

Give hope back to the homeless citizens of San Antonio while enjoying sites like the Riverwalk and the Alamo. When you volunteer with SAMMinistries you are helping give a fresh start to individuals and families. On this trip you will help combat poverty and homelessness. Lodging will be provided at a church. Cost: $150 http://www.samm.org/

 

Animals & Environment:

"Puppies, and Kittens, and Eagles…Oh My!” – Collierville Animal Shelter– Memphis, TN

Calling all animal lovers! Help this Safe Haven rescue the homeless animals that live within Memphis. Bathe, walk, brush, and show care for animals that were saved from abuse, abandonment or death. Your dedication and attention to these animals will start them on a new path to hopefully becoming a future pet! Lodging will be provided at a church. Cost: $250 http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/TN167.html

“Big Cats, Big Fun!” -Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge- Eureka Springs, AR

Come to the beautiful Ozark Mountains to help protect rescued exotic animals at a Wildlife Refuge. On this trip, you will help build and habitats for tigers, lions, panthers, and other large cats that need homes. These cats will purrrrrr with excitement at the homes you create for them! Lodging will be provided at a retreat center. Please note that although you will see the big cats, there is not direct interaction. Cost: $250 http://www.turpentinecreek.org/

 “We Mean Green Clean!” – Galveston Bay Foundation – Galveston, TX

Jump into this great trip to help restore the Galveston Bay. You will work on restoring the natural habitat, protect shorelines, and improve the overall water quality for animals. Requires a hard-working student ready to get to work on a big problem that certainly needs attention! Lodging will be provided at a church. Cost: $200 http://www.galvbay.org/

“Planting UNT Green in New Orleans” – Hike for KaTREEna – New Orleans, LA

Jump into this great trip to help restore the environment damaged by Hurricane Katrina.  Over 100,000 trees were lost due to damage done by the hurricane. You will work on restoring the natural habitat.   Requires a hard-working student ready to get to work on a big problem that certainly needs attention! Lodging will be provided at a church. Cost: $250 http://www.hikeforkatreena.com/

 

Youth & Children:

“It’s great to be a kid!”- St. Louis Crisis Nursery – St. Louis, Missouri

 St. Louis Crisis Nursery helps prevent child abuse and neglect by providing care for children in a safe environment.  Volunteers will help youth in educational programs and assist this organization that provides respite care and prevents child abuse. Lodging will be provided at a church. Cost: $250 http://www.crisisnurserykids.com/

Opening Doors for Homeless Youth” -Covenant House- St. Louis, Missouri

Covenant House of St. Louis, MO is looking for compassionate volunteers to help homeless, at-risk youth become productive and independent members of the St. Louis community. With open doors and open hearts, you can help Covenant House build a bridge from homelessness to opportunity. Lodging will be provided at a church. Cost: $250 http://www.covenanthousemo.org/

“Chillin’ with the Children!” - Cherokee Nation – Tahlequah, OK Follow the trail to Oklahoma to work alongside the Head-start program and perform volunteer service with kids. You will be engaging in a rich and historic culture that will be worth your while! Lodging will be provided at a church. Cost: $200 http://www.cherokee.org/

 

Education and Culture:

 

Freedom is not Free.”  - Freedom Foundation – Selma, Alabama (Sponsored with the Multicultural Center- Open to any students)

Learn about the Freedom Ride and the Civil Rights movement.  Learn not only the history but experience the impact today through service and education.  The Freedom Foundation’s mission is to CULTIVATE (develop, enlighten, educate, train, refine, advocate for, encourage, help, aid, and assist) THE NEXT GENERATION through programs and services that inspire and equip them to reach their full potential. Lodging will be provided at a church Cost:  $200 http://freedomfoundation.org/

 

For more information about Alternative Spring Break, Contact the Center for Leadership & Service at www.leadandserve.unt.edu or 940-565-3021 or email leadandserve@unt.edu. 

Participant Information

The Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) program is designed to promote and encourage group community service projects among UNT students. For the 2013-2014 school year, ASB will be recruiting participants for our first WINTER BREAK – JANURY 4-10, 2014 – to St. Bernard Project, New Orleans to work on Hurricane Katrina rebuilding.

Interviews & Selection

  • All participants will be contacted for an interview by site leaders – between 10/5/13 – 10/10/13
  • All applicants will be notified of their status by October 11, 2013.

Payment Deadlines

The fees for alternative winter breaks cover transportation, lodging and a food budget for each trip. Trips cost $200 for the week.

  • November 15th - $200 non-refundable deposit due

ASB Events

  • First Alternative Winter Break meeting – week of 10/14
  • Second Alternative Winter Break meeting – week of 11/4
  • $200 non-refundable payment due – 11/15
  • Final Alternative Winter Break meeting – week of 12/2
Application for Alternative Winter Break
Applications due October 4, 2013

Participant Information

The Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) program is designed to promote and encourage group community service projects among UNT students. For the 2013-2014 school year, ASB will be recruiting participants for our first Alternative Weekend trips! We will be helping with SERVE MOORE, with tornado relief. We will host an Alternative Weekend on the following dates: • Saturday – October 19 – leaves campus at 6:30 am – returns at 8pm • Saturday – November 16 – leaves campus at 6:30 am- returns at 8pm

Payment Deadlines

The fees for alternative weekend trip – is $10. This REFUNDABLE fee will cover your meals during the trip and is refundable when you show up on the date of the break.

The October 19 Weekend trip $10 fee is due 10/11 (Stovall 160 – Cash only)
The November 16 – Weekend trip - $10 fee is due 11/8 (Stovall 160-Cash only)

Other Information

  • There will be a meeting the week prior to each trip
  • Space is limited to the number of vans, so your $10 fee holds a space in the van. Please hold your commitment.
  • Accepted participants will be notified by the site leaders the week following applications.

Applications

  • October 19 – Weekend trip application (due 10/4)
  • November 16 – Weekend trip application (due 11/1)
Application for Weekend Break Participation

Site Leader Information

The Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) program is designed to promote and encourage group community service projects among UNT students. For the 2013-2014 school year, ASB will be recruiting site leaders for 15 service projects, March 8-14, 2014. We are also hosting Alternative Weekend trips in the fall and an Alternative Winter Break in January.

The issues we will be working with include: youth, disaster relief, environment, health and more.

We are seeking 30 dedicated site leaders that can help organize and construct a spring break trip that makes a difference! Site Leaders must commit to attending site leader training, and building a strong community amongst their participants.

The Role of a Site Leader

This is a great leadership experience for students who would like to gain more skills working with groups. Before the trip, Site Leaders are responsible for helping to select participants, conducting pre-trip meetings, organizing itineraries and travel logistics and keeping participants informed. During the trip, Site Leaders work with their Trip Advisors to collaborate with the host site coordinators, mobilize participants, plan meals, trouble-shoot any problems and facilitate reflection activities each day of service.

Ideal candidates are passionate about service, effective at motivating and organizing teams, are very organized and have a positive attitude. If you see yourself in this role, please apply. Two site leaders will be selected and work as partners on each trip, with one staff advisor.

The Rules

  • Site Leaders are strongly encouraged to select a diverse group of participants. This ASB experience is not meant to be a trip of all of your friends.
  • Your significant other is not allowed to participate in the same trip as you.
  • The $100 - non-refundable deposit due December 6. The remaining non-refundable funds are due February 7, 2014.
  • Site Leader fees are the same as participant fees for all trips.
  • Only site leaders who pass the driver authorization process will be hired to drive vans during spring break.
  • Site Leader trainings and participant events are mandatory. Site Leaders who miss more than 1 meeting, may be terminated from their position.
  • ASB participants must be in good conduct standing with the University of North Texas and have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.

Mandatory Site Leader Dates

Site Leaders hold a very important role, as a result it is important that ALL site leaders be able to attend the following dates for training:

Site Leader Interviews

September 9 - September 13

Site Leader Retreat

September 20 - 6pm - 9pm

September 21 - 9am - 12pm

Site Leader Training

You must attend one of the trainings listed for each bi-weekly spot with your co-site leader.

October 3 - 5pm - 6pm or October 4 - 12pm - 1pm

October 17 - 5pm - 6pm or October 18 - 12pm - 1pm

October 31 - 5pm - 6pm or November 1 - 12pm - 1pm

November 14 - 5pm - 6pm or November 15 - 12pm - 1pm

Van Training - February 7

February 13 - 5pm - 6pm or Februrary 14 - 12pm - 1pm

February 20 - 5pm - 6pm or February 21 - 12pm - 1pm

ASB Events

November 20 - ASB Pep Rally

January 21 or January 22 - ASB Kick Off

March 25 - ASB Reflection Ceremony

ASB Team Meetings

Teams will be selected in November and must meet bi-weekly until spring break.

Alternative Weekend Breaks: (Tentative Dates)

October 18 - October 20

November 15 - November 16

Alternative Winter Break: (Tentative Dates)

January 4 - January 10

Application for Site Leader
Applications due September 6, 2013

Do you want a chance to make a difference with a small group of college students? Are you eager to build relationships with students while impacting the community?

We are seeking 15 UNT Staff to serve as advisors in the Alternative Spring Break Program. Alternative Spring Break is a unique opportunity for students to spend their spring break (March 8-14, 2014) volunteering together in a community outside the local area. These amazing, immersive experiences allow students, staff and community members to truly work together and make an incredible difference in a week and build relationships that last a life time!

Last year, the Center for Leadership & Service offered 17 spring break trips, with 155 participants serving in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Washington DC, Louisiana volunteering with the environment, children, rebuilding homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina, assisting in health clinics and food banks and more.

The role of the advisor is to empower the student site leaders and team to create an incredible experience. Students apply and are selected in October and meet until spring break. Training is provided and there is no cost to participate

If you want to spend a week with an amazing group of students! Please consider joining us for Alternative Spring Break. There is a brief application to complete so we can match advisors with trips.

Application for Spring Break Advisors
Applications due Friday, September 20, 2013

The Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) program is designed to promote and encourage group community service projects among UNT students. For the 2013-2014 school year, ASB will be recruiting participants for 15 spring break service projects, March 8-14, 2014.

The Center for Leadership & Service is also hosting Alternative Weekend trips in the fall and an Alternative Winter Break in January.

What is Alternative Service Breaks?

Sponsored by the Center for Leadership & Service, the Alternative Service Breaks program consist of substance-free, community service-learning trips during select weekends in the Fall and Spring semesters and during the university's winter and spring break. ASB participants travel in teams to different cities, engage in active service, and have the opportunity to gain new perspectives on social issues while meeting community needs, and learning about and building upon community assets.

The Alternative Service Breaks are life changing!Many participants return year after year with Alternative Breaks and get involved in local leadership and service initiatives. Each service break connects students with learning about and engaging in a specific social issue, volunteering and connecting with a small team of UNT students and staff. Students travel to different communities to work with issues of disaster relief, environmental restoration, education, homelessness, healthcare, poverty and immigration. ASB's main goal is to educate participants about the root causes of these issues, while also making an immediate difference in the community.

As a member of the ASB team, students can expect the following:

  • Strong Direct Service: Each ASB trip is focused on a targeted social issue working with trusted community partners on service projects determined by the community need. All participants engage in direct service hours during their trips.
  • Orientation: ASB participants are welcomed into a family upon application. Participants will meet prior to the trip to engage in discussions about the ASB program and to learn about the trip topic, become acquainted with the activities on the trip, engage in service and begin team-building.
  • Education: Each ASB trip focuses on targeted social issues and trip leaders arrange educational activities to supplement the direct service conducted during the trip.
  • Reflection: During the trips, students will participate in facilitated reflection discussions on the day’s activities exploring how the topics more in depth.
  • Diversity: The ASB program participants are representative of the diversity UNT. We seek to make the trips inclusive and accessible for all students through providing a range of trip options.
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Free: All participants agree to adhere to the ASB substance-free policy.

Who can participate in Alternative Service Breaks?

  • Participants must be UNT students during the time of the Alternative Service Break.
  • ASB participants must be in good conduct standing with the University of North Texas and have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
  • Participants commit to abiding by the alcohol and drug free Alternative Service Breaks policy.

Information Sessions

Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about Alternative Spring Break.

  • Wednesday, October 2 @ 5pm - Stovall Hall 160
  • Thursday, October 10 @ 6pm - Stovall Hall 160
  • Tuesday, October 15 @ 5pm - Stovall Hall 160
Application for Spring Break Participation
Applications due October 23, 2013

Interviews & Selection

All participants will be contacted for an interview by site leaders between October 25, 2013 and November 8, 2013

All applicans will be notified of their status by November 11, 2013.

Payment Deadlines

The fees for alternative breaks cover transportation, lodging, and a food budget for each trip. Trips cost $100-$250 for the week.

  • December 6, 2013 - $100 non-refundable deposit due.
  • February 7, 2014 - Spring Break - non-refundable remainder payment due.

ASB Events

  • ASB teams will be selected in November and meet bi-weekly until Spring Break.
  • ASB first fall team meeting - November 20, 2013 ASB Pep Rally (Fall Semester)
  • ASB first spring team meeting - January 21, 2014 or January 22, 2014 ASB Kick Off (Spring Semester)
  • ASB post break reflection ceremony - March 25, 2014