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Alternative Summer Break/SERVE 2013-2014
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Alternative Summer Break/SERVE Application
ASuB’s Mission: To cultivate an environment of service, learning, and mutual growth through immersing students into communities throughout North America, and to create relationships through service that drive action for social justice and fuel a student-led movement towards a truly equal society.
Alternative Summer Break, ASuB, is a student-run organization sponsored by Ginsberg Center. Ginsberg Center's mission is to foster, through community service and social action, a student movement at the University of Michigan that thoughtfully addresses the challenges we face as a society. ASuB is directed by a leadership team responsible for site development, education & training, finance & fundraising, and public relations. ASuB's leadership team is responsible for contacting and selecting sites, creating a budget, planning fundraising activities, and recruitment of participants.
The University of Michigan's Alternative Summer Break program is a semester-long commitment by student volunteers to learning about and participating with community organizations working for social justice. Following a semester of relevant education and training, students will be prepared for one to two week-long community-immersion service trips. In addition to providing necessary services to the site, each trip will offer students the opportunity to explore the culture and history of the communities they serve.
ASuB challenges students to:
- Learn about and critically examine the larger political, social and economic causes perpetuating complex issues, such as homelessness, poverty, hunger, violence, environmental destruction, and the marginalization of social groups;
- Engage in thoughtful, meaningful action toward the resolution of such social problems;
- Develop appreciation and understanding for specific communities by recognizing how both student and community are interconnected and by identifying assets that both can use to succeed in challenges;
- Gain valuable experience in community-based problem solving through reciprocal partnership a with community members and agencies;
- Build and sustain friendships and alliances with members of the community, site leaders and fellow participants;
- Continue a commitment to community service and social change.
- In order to meet these objectives, ASuB requires students to engage in intellectual and practical education and training before, during, and after the trip.
This year’s trip will be going to Asian Youth Services (AYS) in Chicago! AYS is an after-school tutoring program serving the youth of the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago. Their mission is to provide the community's at-risk youth with high-quality educational experiences and mentoring relationships that will equip them to succeed in school and in life.
There are two trip dates to choose from:
- May 2, 2014 to May 9, 2014
- May 9, 2014 to May 16, 2014
Cost and Funding:
- The participants, as a group, are responsible for raising funds to be donated to the site, as well as to cover transportation costs and educational/training fees. This year’s fundraising requirement is $700 for each group.
- There is also an individual non-refundable participant fee which must be paid upon becoming a member. This amount goes toward trip costs such as site fees, transportation, housing, and general expenses for the ASuB program. Some need-based financial assistance will be available.
- This year’s cost per participant is $150.
- *Some out of pocket expenses may also be incurred during the trip to cover meals and any personal expenses.
To apply, please complete the application using the MJoin Gateway. Applications are due 11:59 pm Sunday, January 12, 2014. Casual interview will be held January 14-17, 2014. Membership decisions will be made by January 18, 2014. Retreat will be the following Monday. (An in-depth schedule can be found on our website)
Please feel free to contact ASummerBreak@umich.edu with any questions. OR visit our website https://sites.google.com/site/nasstuofm/about/home
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Short-term||2012-2013||08/30/2013 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Short-term||2013-2014||01/12/2014 **||Rolling Admission||01/12/2014||05/23/2014|
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