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Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an exciting opportunity for you to participate in a week-long, hands-on service learning experience! ASB 2015 Online Applications Open September 8, 2014 @ 4:30 pm
'It is hard to really capture in words, all the sentiments and experiences you go through in just seven days. No matter how I try to explain to someone what I learned, felt and took away from this trip, it really does not do it justice. Service learning involves the desire to learn and change just as much as it involves the desire to serve. Growth is something that needs to be experienced, and my time in Nicaragua did exactly that for me.'
~ ASB 2014

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London, ON.
Youth Opportunities and Transition

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Youth Opportunities Unlimited is dedicated to unlocking the potential of youth by providing client centred services emphasizing skills improvement leading to increased employability and empowerment, offering a referral service to agencies serving youth, and developing, participating in and supporting community alliances to maximize opportunities for youth.

Boys and Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of London is a non-profit family recreational facility that provides activities for children and youth whenever school is out. Our program services are planned to provide fun with a purpose. We offer recreation, social interaction and educational programs to build confidence, independence, self-esteem and self-respect for individuals and families in need. The Boys & Girls Club deals directly with children and youth of all abilities in our community. We are committed to helping children and youth reach their full potential.

Dates of Travel: February 14 - 21, 2015
ASB Pre-Departure Workshops:
Sunday, November 30, 2014 and
Sunday, January 18, 2015
1:00 pm - 5:00pm
Please note: Attendance at all ASB Pre-Departure Meetings is mandatory. Any participant that is unable to attend the training will not be permitted to participate on any ASB trip. No exceptions will be made.
Number of Participants:
12 Students
2 Faculty/Staff Team Leaders

Service Project(s)

Activities:

  • Working alongside the youth clients of YOU
  • Working alongside with the Boys and Girls Club to organize Carnival for Family Day
  • Social activities

Goals:

  • To provide students with an opportunity to work closely with at-risk youth as they re-integrate into the community through the intentional programs and services of Youth Opportunities Unlimited and the Boys and Girls Club of London. Both organizations are caring and active places where all youth are engaged in learning and creating opportunities to build their future.

Cost - $350 CAD

Trip cost covers:

  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Registration
  • Social Activities
  • Administrative fee (t-shirts, team leader contribution, journal)

Sample Day

8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Travel to Community Partner
9:30 am Service Projects
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Service Projects
4:30 pm Travel Back to University
5:00 pm Dinner
6:00 pm Team Reflection
7:30 pm Social Activity
9:00 pm Travel Home

Accommodations

ASB London participants will stay in their own rooms/homes.

Meals

  • Residence Dining will be providing us with a Hot/Cold Breakfast each day
  • Picnic-style lunches will be provided by Hospitality Service
  • Some meals will be at a restaurant or other dining establishment for social activities and some dinners will be provided by Hospitality Services

Other Activities

Participating in ASB London not only gives you a great opportunity to serve in your local community, but it also provides a chance to explore some other areas of the city, such as Victoria Park and Boler Mountain. Tours of these prominent locations - and others - may be scheduled throughout your ASB experience, in addition to exciting group social activities!

The City

The London of today evolved from its original settlement in 1826 as the government seat for the vast London District which covered most of central Western Ontario. In 2008, with a population nearing the half million mark; it is the 15th largest city in Canada. As a result, London is a thriving city full of creativity, growth and opportunity. Located between Toronto and Detroit, London offers the best of living: friendly communities, good job opportunities, and of course world-class schools (Go Mustangs!).

The Community

London's regional economy is highly based on manufacturing, and the unemployment rate is slightly above the national level, but lower when compared to the provincial estimate. While our real estate market continues to grow, affordable housing remains an issue for many London and area residents. London has a higher proportion of residents below the low-income cut off (LICO) than many other Canadian cities, and one of the highest low-income rates in Ontario. London is home to a relatively large multicultural and multilingual population - almost 22% are foreign born residents. According to the 2008 Vital Signs Report, areas of concern include child poverty, homelessness, unemployment, and the environment.

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