LTU Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an organization that lends hands to communities in need across the United States. It is a trip where a group of students engage in volunteer service, typically for a week. Students work together on service projects during the day and have free time or group activities at night. Some of the types of projects are fighting against homelessness, education reform and many others. They stay in housing options that are rented or provided by the local community, such as churches or hostels and prepare all of their own meals. We are looking for enthusiastic leaders who are truly committed to volunteerism and service.
Alternative breaks challenge students to critically think and react to problems faced by members of the communities they are involved with. Being immersed in diverse environments enables participants to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way.
Alternative Spring Break was initially developed in the spring of 2009 by AmeriCorp member, Jessica Shaddowvine. It was then decided in the spring of 2012 that students take on the responsibility of finding and completing community tasks to become better leaders for tomorrow. The entirely student run organization was formed in the fall of 2012 by Grad Student and current Vice President, Elton Tate.
The mission of LTU Alternative Spring Break is to help engage LTU students in community volunteerism, as well as create lifelong leadership skills, while raising awareness of different issues and actively fighting against those issues across the United States.
Special Thanks to the ASB 2014 Volunteers: (Left to right) Jordan Dedene, Cheng Zhang, Elton Tate, Asia Dobbins, Mashia Kellum, Leslie Wang, and Jiali Xu
2015 Alternative Spring Break
The 2015 Alternative Spring Break trip will be in the Windy City, Chicago, IL!
ASB is working with numerous Chicago nonprofit organizations to provide our volunteers with the best experiences possible. Some of the organizations we will be working with is the Anti-Eviction Campaign Chicago, The Night Ministry, Chicago Cares, etc. ASB student leaders will coordinate housing, volunteer events, and evening activities with these organizations.
The numerous projects we may focus on will be human care, homelessness, housing, hunger, children and youth, arts and culture, crisis support, or animals. The projects we choose will broaden the minds of the LTU students and raise awareness of issues in Chicago.
APPLICATION: ASB 2014 Application
Looking for more info???
Mashia Kellum (248) 943-8800
Asia Dobbins (734) 883-9889
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Past Alternative Spring Break Programs
2014: New Orleans
2013: ASB in NYC
2012: "Serve the D" in Detroit, MI
2011: Working to end domestic violence in Grayling, MI
2010: Fighting homelessness in Goshen, IN