Alternative Spring Break

(formerly Service Travel Encourage Progress for Underrepresented People in Poverty (STEP UPP))

Program Directors

Brittany Arzola - Mon/Wed 2-3; Thurs 9-11
Adriana Pelayo - Wed 2-3; Thurs 10-11

Volunteer Weekly Meetings

Wednesday 5-6 Upstairs

Email

altbreak@humboldt.edu

STEP UPP group photo

Program Mission

The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program at Y.E.S. offers Humboldt State students opportunities for experiential learning with local non-profit organizations, culminating in a spring break trip exploring social and environmental justice needs. The ASB team plans, develops and engages in a week-long volunteer trip during spring break to a nearby city.

 

Volunteering, Goals & Projects

Students volunteer throughout the year in the local community, learning about and engaging in projects related to the trip issue area (which may change each year). Past trips have focused on issues such as housing insecurity and poverty, food justice, or environmental sustainability. The ASB provides students an immersive, hands-on experience to learn about and engage in a variety of social issues and help meet community expressed needs.

Volunteers visit the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco. Spring 2014

Volunteers visit the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco. Spring 2014

Volunteers, Tamara Valadez and Santa Herrera, bag fresh fruit at the Sacramento Food Bank. Spring 2017

Volunteers, Tamara Valadez and Santa Herrera, bag fresh fruit at the Sacramento Food Bank. Spring 2017

Volunteers prep food at Project Open Hand in San Francisco, an organization that provides nutritious meals to individuals who are sick and vulnerable. Spring 2018

Volunteers prep food at Project Open Hand in San Francisco, an organization that provides nutritious meals to individuals who are sick and vulnerable. Spring 2018

volunteers find out about roof top gardens.

Volunteers check out the roof top gardens

STEP UPP volunteers explore San Francisco surroundings wearing garbage bag raincoats.

STEP UPP volunteers explore San Francisco surroundings wearing garbage bag raincoats.