Alternative Spring Break Detroit (ASBD)

During ASBD, we will use a variety of experiences to better understand and enjoy our own backyard. Though volunteering is the essential backbone of the ASBD experience, we will also provide you with the opportunity to learn about Detroit (past and present), dine at various restaurants throughout the city, visit local art galleries and other cultural hot spots, as well as get to know how movers and shakers of non-profit organizations, local government, WSU, urban businesses, and the art community are playing a starring role in city revitalization.


Sunday, Mar. 8 – Friday, Mar. 13, 2020

This is an overnight program. Participants are required to stay the full duration of the program as a group.


2020 applications are closed.

There is an interview component to the application process. All applications are due no later than Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Interviews will take place between Feb. 10-21. 

Please note, that you must be enrolled in at least one credit hour during the Winter 2020 term to participate in the program. Also, a 2.0 minimum GPA is required.

To help offset the costs of lodging, all meals, and snacks throughout the week, each participant will pay a fee of $75 to Wayne State University via their Wayne State OneCard. This will be collected at a later time after all participants have been chosen.


We hope to facilitate a greater appreciation for the City of Detroit. Through volunteer service, learning experiences, and cultural awareness, ASBD hopes to dispel many of the negative stereotypes attached to Detroit.

Our goal is for participants to come away with the awareness of the dynamic nature of our urban core, and recognize what is happening now to shape its future.  As students become involved with ASBD, they will actively discover how they fit into the City of Detroit's past, present and future.

We desire for ASBD not to be the only form of service a student becomes involved in, but rather as a launching pad for continuing future service-learning opportunities. The multitude of activities the participants will be involved in will develop their leadership skills, teamwork proficiency, personal development, and self-growth that will carry over into whatever field their future entails.

Ultimately, we hope that ASBD fosters positive, multidimensional attitudes about the metropolitan area; from the City of Detroit to the most rural of its suburbs. Through this new breed of perspectives we can overcome prejudices that have held us back from fully enjoying the opportunities this region has to offer.

Why Detroit?

It's our own backyard. We go to school here. We play here. We are influenced by and have the potential to influence  what happens here. Each of our stories has become heavily woven into the fabric of Detroit. We all have a stake in what becomes of it. 


Alternative Spring Break Detroit Advisor: Brandon Shamoun
Phone: 313-577-1010

Alternative Spring Break Detroit Student Coordinators: Waleed Eliwat and Sarosh Irani

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