The mission of the University of Michigan’s Alternative Spring Break program is to challenge students to:

  • learn about and critically examine interlinking issues such as homelessness, poverty, hunger, violence, environmental degradation, and marginalization of social groups;
  • take thoughtful, meaningful action towards the resolution of these social problems;
  • listen to and understand community needs, recognize community strengths, and work with community members/agencies in a reciprocal relationship while gaining experience in community based problem solving; and
  • continue a commitment to community service and social change while building new friendships and alliances.