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

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)

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.