Alternative Spring Break

The Alternative Spring Break (ASB) class is offered within the Service Learning Program under Service Learning Coordinator Abbey Asher at College Nine and College Ten.  The class allows for a more comprehensive understanding of global and local issues in a supportive, diverse, and group-oriented environment. The ASB class fulfills the PR-S requirement.

Students painted a mural depicting farmworkers.


In the past, students have traveled to Mexico and New Orleans to partner with local organizations in the construction and rebuilding of homes.   Most recently, students have focused on our local community, specifically in Live Oak and Watsonville. 

Students in the course will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet a panel of leaders in the Watsonville community
  • Interact with elementary school students at Calabasas Elementary School
  • Interact with high school students from Watsonville High
  • Work in a community garden with the Mesa Verde Gardens Project
  • Participate in a food sort at the Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Collaborate with community members in the creation of a public mural with the Monterey Bay Murals Project
  • Organize and implement a clothing and household item Donation Day for local Oaxacan families through the Center for Farm Worker Families

If interested, the application process takes place during the beginning of winter quarter followed by a mini retreat a few weeks later.  The hands on experience takes place over the spring break.  For more information, please contact Service Learning Coordinator Abbey Asher at aasher@ucsc.edu.



In March 2016, our students worked with community partners at the Digital Nest, the Center for Farmworker Families, Monterey Bay Murals, Calabasas Elementary School, Watsonville High School, Mesa Verde Gardens, and Second Harvest Food Bank and explore social justice in our neighboring community of Watsonville. Check out the video to learn more about ASB 2016 in Watsonville!