Parents and Families

Student plays basketball with child

It’s spring break time again, and we’re wishing all our students a safe, relaxing, fun and invigorating break from classes and campus.  Some U-M students will be participating in the Alternative Spring Break (ASB), a service learning program sponsored by the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning through the SERVE office. Each year, approximately 400 students travel by road to 25 to 30 sites across the United States to engage in meaningful action and to seek understanding of the root causes of social issues. 

To prepare, students spend the year learning about the culture and history of a particular area, community or issue.  Past and present ASB projects include engaging with youth in Chicago, working with the Sioux Nation in South Dakota, and working with community organizers in Detroit.  Students apply and are selected for ASB in early October, and end their ASB experience with a reflection workshop in mid-March.  For more information about ASB, please visit: or contact Staci Daniels-Sommers, Alternative Spring Break Coordinator and SERVE Advisor at

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