Alternative Spring Break (ASB) enables undergraduate students to reach out beyond themselves and encounter others living on the margins through service and learning. We go to listen and learn. Each trip is different and will focus on the social injustices affecting each community. Through community, solidarity, and mutual giving, you will experience the love of Christ active in the world and in the people you meet. You will work hard, make friends, have fun, and be transformed!  See below for this year’s immersion trips: 

Darst Center:  Chicago, IL

The Immersion Retreat serves as an experiential learning space to build community, work with local partner agencies, dig into reflection on injustices and their root causes, and create action plans to address those injustice. Community comes through shared time cooking and cleaning meals, storytelling, and practicing values of hospitality, inclusion, and stewardship as a group. Through partnerships with local agencies, retreat participants are able to get to know people in Chicago directly impacted by injustices, challenge societal stereotypes, and break down barriers that continue to perpetuate inequity and indifference. We focus on the intertwined nature of injustices in our programming by highlighting the systems of homelessness, food insecurity, incarceration, education, and immigration. Through various activities and group dialog, we reflect on the underlying causes of what we see at partner agencies, and we discern our own responsibility and action plans going forward.

Retreats for high school and college students range from a weekend to a week-long experience and include visits to partner agencies, reflection activities, communal meals, and recreational time. The Darst Center hosts groups of at least five participants and up to 35 participants. Groups reside at the Darst Center in shared rooms, and we travel through the city via vans or buses provided by the group or via public transportation.

 

Detroit, Michigan 

More information coming soon! 

 

Hope Community Center:  Apopka, FL

More information coming soon! 

 

Appalachian Institute:  Wheeling, West Virginia 

More information coming soon!

 

Contact Julia Novonty jnovonty@smspnewman.org