Alternative Spring Break (Annual Grant and Special Fee Group)
|Special Fee type||Undergraduate Annual Grant|
|Total request amount||$83,900.00|
|Previous Special Fee amount||$82,180.00|
|Change from previous request||2%|
|Amount per Undergrad||$12.02 per year|
Annual Grants are vital to sustaining the Alternative Breaks @ Stanford program, which encompasses both Alternative Spring Break (ASB) and ThanksGiving Back (TGB). In the past, 13-18 independent, student-run winter seminars and spring break service-learning trips comprised ASB, each with its own unique focus topic, program activities, and field trip. ASB is thus one of the largest community service organizations on campus. The smaller Thanksgiving Back program also runs on this model.
What are Annual Grant funds used for?
For the trips, ASB subsidizes important expenses, such as food and groceries, speaker honoraria, local transportation, and housing accommodations. All expenses are strictly budgeted and strictly controlled to be cost-effective and modest. Furthermore, with the assistance of the Financial Aid Office, ASB provides a financial aid program that partially subsidizes air travel fares for participants. Additionally, while out-of-state ASB travel trips are extremely popular, they also tend to be more expensive because of the plane tickets. Financial aid participants are able to pay a much-subsidized rate as a result of generous special fees.
Why are we requesting the listed amount?
The limited budgets of trips, and the goal and nature of the program, force the trip leaders and participants to live simply and frugally during the one week in the field, but we request Annual Grant funding for necessary expenses. Traveling off-campus, for example to locations in Southern California, around the Bay Area, or to the East Coast, is a crucial component of ASB to provide participants with the community connections and field experience. As a community service organization in which participants travel to various locations to perform community service and learn about social issues, there are various costs such as housing costs, which are typically paid as honoraria to churches, schools and local youth centers. Van rentals are also necessary for transport around metropolitan areas when public transportation is unavailable.
Who can partake in our program?
This program enables all students who are interested to experience service learning, and immerse themselves in a social cause they are passionate about, or would like to learn more about. Additionally, this program enables trip leaders to develop practical and versatile leadership, planning and facilitation skills. Finally, as many of our students are on financial aid (approximately 70% of participants have some form of financial aid), annual grants enable us to provide financial aid packages for participants of all socio-economic backgrounds to go on these trips.