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/
"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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The fees for alternative winter breaks cover transportation, lodging and a food budget for each trip. Trips cost $200 for the week.
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
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 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.
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.
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:
September 9 - September 13
September 20 - 6pm - 9pm
September 21 - 9am - 12pm
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
November 20 - ASB Pep Rally
January 21 or January 22 - ASB Kick Off
March 25 - ASB Reflection Ceremony
Teams will be selected in November and must meet bi-weekly until spring break.
October 18 - October 20
November 15 - November 16
January 4 - January 10Application for Site Leader
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
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.
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:
Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about Alternative Spring Break.
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.
The fees for alternative breaks cover transportation, lodging, and a food budget for each trip. Trips cost $100-$250 for the week.