Alternative Breaks

It is the vision of the UM-Dearborn Alternative Breaks program to be a catalyst for students to  create social change in communities in Metro Detroit and across the globe.  Our mission is to provide opportunities for UM-Dearborn students to develop into active citizens through extensive service learning experiences in the community.  Our program has the following goals:

  • Enable opportunities to serve and make impact through personal and professional interests.
  • Develop leadership opportunities for students through engagement with community.
  • Foster partnerships with non-profit and community agencies to create positive change.
  • Build communities of servant leaders.
  • Promote socially just principles through service.


Alternative Spring Break (ASB) 2015

Apply today to be a part of our ASB 2015 program!

Trips for Alternative Spring Break 2015 are focused around three core issues:

  • Urban poverty (Cleveland, OH)
  • Rural poverty (Manistique, MI)
  • Environmental preservation (Catalina Island, CA)

Are you interested in finding out more about ASB and the 2015 trips that are planned?  If so, please plan to join us at one of our three interest meetings:

  • Monday, September 15 at 3 pm in 1227 UC
  • Tuesday, September 16 at 10 am in 116 Union at Dearborn
  • Thursday, September 18 at 6 pm in 116 Union at Dearborn

Over the 2014 spring break, groups of University of Michigan-Dearborn students served in California, Washington DC, Virginia, Indiana, Detroit and Flint!  Between November and February, students helped plan their trips while fund-raising, developing team solidarity, and learning about the community they served.

Breaks are spent not only serving and learning in a community, but also enjoying team activities and exploring the area.  After ASB, students relished in lasting friendships and apply new skills and interests in all areas of life.