UM Alternative Breaks Spring Break Site Leader Application 2012-2013

Due: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 by 11: 59PM Instructions: 1. Please fill out the application and submit. 2. Send a resume to umalternativebreaks@gmail.com--please include your name as the subject line 3. Pay in FULL by NOVEMBER 28th, 2012 at 5 PM. Cost is $135. Only Credit or Debit cards are accepted.
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Mission and Vision of University of Miami Alternative Breaks

Mission: UM Alternative Breaks seeks to provide diverse quality alternative breaks that focus on issue-specific education, strong direct service, reflection, and reorientation in order to engage participants in their local, national and global communities. Vision: UM Alternative Breaks’ vision is a community at the University of Miami of active citizens: people who value the community as a priority when making life choices.


Site Leader Responsibilities

Responsibilities: - Understand the mission of Alternative Breaks, and understand your role as both a site leader and a participant - Attendance and Participation at all events (weekly SLEdu meetings, weekly participant meetings, movement-wide events, fundraising, family-style events, reorientation etc) : repeated tardiness and/or 2 or more unexcused absences may jeopardize your standing as a Site Leader and will require a meeting with UMAB Chairs and Site Leader Educators - Follow all University policies, and obey all local, state and federal laws - Alcohol is strictly prohibited, and you are expected to adhere to and maintain the no alcohol policy while participating in UMAB. --Plan and execute pre and post trip service as well as family-style events.


What to expect

The Expectations: -- Attendance and active participation is mandatory so that you may be an effective Co-Site Leader. Repeated tardiness, 2 or more unexcused absences, or demonstrated lack of ownership and effort will jeopardize your standing as a Site Leader. -- Please be prepared to dedicate your time and energy to create a meaningful, catalytic experience. The Process: -- Two Co-Site Leaders will facilitate a group of 8-12 students. We will pair Co-Site Leaders based on application and individual as well as group interviews. Both Co-SLs will be fully responsible for all aspects of the AB experience. -- Actively participate in EACH weekly Site Leader Education Meetings. -- Facilitate the immersion of participants in a given community during their Alternative Break, participating in continued education, direct service, and reflection. -- Plan and participate in a pre-trip and post-trip service --Facilitate weekly group meetings with participants --Coordinate and participate in family-wide events. **We work with site leaders and participants to place them with an issue and location where they will have the best experience. However, participant and Site Leader assignments are final, and participants will not be afforded the flexibility to change their trips based on issue, location, etc. The Calendar: September 26, 2012: Applications Due September 27-October 7, 2012: Individual Interview October 14, 2012: Group Interview October 17, 2012: Announce site leaders November 11, 2012: Kick-Off November 18, 2012: Active Citizenship/Mind Mapping Workshop November 27, 2012: California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser November 28, 2012: LAST DAY TO PAY IN FULL November 30, 2012: LAST DAY TO DROP AS A SITE LEADER January 27, 2013: Letter Writing Campaign February 23, 2013: UMAB Movement Bonding Day March 8, 2013: Bon Voyage March 9-17, 2013: SPRING BREAK! March 22, 2013: Welcome Back April 6, 2013: Reorientation November 12, 2012-April 5, 2013: Weekly Participant Meetings October 22, 2012-April 5, 2013: Weekly SL Education Meetings Year Long: Fundraisers and family-style events Year-Long: Pre-trip and post trip service **All dates are subject to change Weekly Meetings: Each week after kick-off you will meet with your group for approximately an hour. These weekly meetings will not only help you to get to know your group but they will also educate you on the social justice issue you chose. The meetings provide a great time for you to discuss the issue with your groups and also develop your own ideas. This education portion of Alternative Breaks will allow you to see the importance of and contexualize the service work you will be doing during Spring Break weekend and will ultimately, lead to a more impactful experience! Weekly SL Education Meetings: Alternative Breaks is based upon active citizenship, the "9" components, and the triangle of quality community service. You will be trained on all of the facets of the alternative break experience and BreakAway Movement. You will be responsible for then translating that information along with education about your site and issue to your participants. Family-Style: The individual sites are grouped into broader social justice issues. You will be meeting separately with your "family" and are responsible for planning one "family-wide" event open to the rest of UMAB as well as attending other families' events. Movement Bonding Day: UMAB is more than just a spring break trip. It is about creating a movement of alternative breakers on campus. This day will consist of various activities and group builders to help the movement as a whole come together. Reorientation: UMAB is a catalytic experience. After Spring Break we will host a Reorientation event where you can translate what you learned on your trips back into your respective communities. All the groups will take part in the "Reorientation" service day as well as welcome back and later meet on campus to discuss their experiences and how they can continue to grow as active citizens. Transportation: Spring Break trips take place outside of Florida. You will be flying to your site location. **Please indicate if you have a legitimate reason why you cannot fly for long periods of time. Accommodations: UMAB practices the “Simple Living” Philosophy. We try our best to find housing that fits the needs of all participants at the lowest cost possible. These accommodations can range from hostels to churches to camping. All housing will include a safe place to sleep, showers & bathrooms, and a kitchen area for meal preparation. Costs: Pay in full by November 28th, 2012 at 5 PM in the Butler Center for Service and Leadership, UC 240. ONLY CREDIT CARDS AND DEBIT CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED. The total cost to the Site leader for the Spring Break 2012 Alternative Break trip is $135. (All site leaders and participants are required to fundraise as well.) The remainder of the costs has been fundraised or provided by SAFAC. * Site leader/Participant is solely responsible for any unexpected costs on the trip that are not of an emergency nature. For example: traffic tickets, cost of plane ticket if missed, cost of transportation home if alcohol policy is breached by the student, and all other preventable costs incurred during the trip. Site Leaders should report any of said instances to Co-Chairs as soon as possible. **No refunds will be given after November 30th, 2012.





Spring Break Issue Descriptions: Please read before choosing issues

Human Rights -Refugee Resettlement: Learn about issues facing newly arriving refugees in their transition into the U.S. Experience different cultures by interacting with refugees and hearing about their incredible journeys. Work in literacy and ESL classes, computer labs and youth programs. -LGBTQ Rights and Suicide: Learn about the issue of suicide among LGBTQ youth. Assist in nationwide efforts to prevent suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Become an ally for the LGBTQ community, while helping to reduce stigma and save young lives. -Children's Issues/Racism: Participate in programs designed to empower youth and conquer the issues of racism and poverty. Become an advocate for civil rights and social equality, while learning about the civil rights movement and racism in today’s society. Cultural Issues -Cherokee Rights/Environmental Sustainability: Learn about the customs, culture, and current social issues that the Cherokee Indian community is faced with today. Serve alongside Cherokee children and adults and experience a meaningful cultural exchange through tutoring and social interaction. Participate in service projects to protect the environment, while learning about the history of environmental degradation and how to live sustainably. -Immigration, Border Issues, and US/Mexican Relations: Form relationships with an immigrant community and become acquainted with the border and individual experiences in the migratory process. Learn about immigration laws and legislation that affect relations between the US and Mexico. Work alongside individuals in community development efforts which focus on the lives of undocumented workers. Poverty -Poverty and Hunger: Learn about the issues of hunger and poverty on a global scale. Participate in a variety of immersion activities designed to raise awareness of hunger and poverty issues. Live and work on a functional ranch, while learning about how to live sustainably and care for the earth. -Neighborhood Revitalization in a Depressed Economy: Learn about the issue of poverty in an urban community during a depressed economy. Participate in local initiatives designed to not only minimize the effects of poverty but also to sustainably improve the local economy. These initiatives include education, vocational training, and neighborhood beautification. -Education: Learn about the issue of educational inequality by working directly with students and faculty members in an educational setting. Empower students in a low-income area by assisting them with tutoring and school work, and showing them that college is attainable. Participate in programs designed to close the achievement gap, and conquer the issues that race, class, and poverty cause in education. Health -Serving Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Assist those with developmental disabilities by helping them complete tasks and reach their maximum potential while supporting their independence and self-determination. Learn about the new therapies and techniques that improve standard of living. Learn about the issues facing developmental disabilities while interacting with the residents and community member. -The Effects of HIV/AIDS and Support Services: Learn about the effects of HIV/AIDS on individuals and the community. Assist in HIV prevention education and awareness to the community. Help with services designed to minimize the effects of HIV/AIDS. ** Proposed sites, final number of sites are dependent on funding.

Spring Break Issue Ranking

Please rank the issues with which would prefer to work with, making "First Choice" the issue with which you would MOST like to work.







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Spring Break 2013 Site Leader Contract

I will be participating in Alternative Spring Break through the University of Miami Alternative Breaks Program from March 9-17, 2013. I understand that as a participant and site leader I have the following responsibilities: --I will lead, attend and actively participate in weekly participant group meetings as determined by the site leader and group, and will do so leading up to the Spring Break trip. Meeting times should be selected based on what is best for the group as a whole. --Submit all paperwork, insurance forms, payments, and requested documentation by the prescribed dates set forth by UMAB. --Complete all emergency contact information in addition to all University associated trip waivers and emergency-related paperwork. --Follow all local, state, and federal laws while traveling with UMAB. --Participate in fundraisers to subsidize the total cost of all trips affiliated with the program --Actively and appropriately lead and participate in reflections and all group activities during my Alternative Spring Break trip through UMAB. --Finance the cost of the trip according to the deadlines. --I will notify the UMAB Site Leader Education chairs a minimum of 48 hours in advance of any absences via email and phone. In the event that timely notification is not possible, notification is still expected. However, notification does not mitigate any potential consequences associated with the absence, and it remains my responsibility to obtain all missed information. --If I am unable to attend the trip, I will inform the UMAB Co- Chairs as soon as possible. (Email umalternativebreaks@gmail.com.) --If I notify the Co-Chairs that I will be unable to attend my trip after November 30, 2012, then I will be responsible for paying the remaining balance to UMAB. --If I notify the Co-Chairs that I will be unable to attend my trip prior to November 30, 2012, will obtain an alternate site leader. --I understand that this trip is founded on a drug and alcohol free premise. Any related behaviors involving alcohol or illegal drug use will NOT be tolerated. I will be referred to the Dean of Students Office and will be subject to University of Miami disciplinary actions upon my return. Students engaging in these behaviors will offer restitution benefits to UMAB based on a sliding scale determined by site location. ----Alternative breaks strives to foster an equal sense of group dynamics. Any clique formations or relationships that do not include the entire group will not be tolerated. --Attendance to ALL SLEdu meetings is mandatory. The meetings will last between 1 and 2 hours. --You are responsible for coordinating and facilitating one family-style event as well as attend all other family style events. --Coordinating and attending pre and post-trip service.


Drug and Alcohol Policy

I hereby pledge that I will not possess, use, consume, or distribute any amount of alcohol or possess, use, or distribute any illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia while a member participating in University of Miami Alternative Breaks. Regardless of age or location, there will be no alcohol consumed at any point on the trip. If I am removed from the program, it will be at my own expense and I would thereby relinquish any refund of the site leader fee of $135.00. I acknowledge that failure to abide by the University of Miami Alternative Break Drug and Alcohol Policy and/or the University of Miami Student Rights and Responsibilities will result in referral to The Dean of Students Office for judicial action.


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