Reflection: The Evolution of GVAB Apparel

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Alternative Breaks has been promoting active citizenship at Grand Valley State University for 25 years. Community has been our priority ever since we got started in 1991.

In celebration of Grand Valley Alternative Breaks’ 25th anniversary, we recently opened one of our legacy boxes and found a variety of AB apparel. We had such a good time looking at these treasures that we couldn’t resist sharing!

Though Alternative Breaks has been at Grand Valley State University since 1991 (when our parent organization, Break Away, was founded), the oldest piece of clothing marked with a date was from the 2007-2008 school year. Despite this, several pieces look as if they could be older.

We’ve had various slogans and taglines in the past, and many have been featured on GVAB apparel. Here are a few examples:

  • Take the step, make the difference.
  • Peace. Love. AB.
  • Education. Service. Reflection.
  • We are the change.
  • Take the trail less traveled.
  • Get on board with Alternative Breaks
  • GV Lakers. Alternative Breakers. World Changers.

Some, such as “We are the change,” “Take the trail less traveled,” and “Get on board with Alternative Breaks,” were used briefly. “Take the step, make the difference,” was a prominent GVAB slogan for at least 5 years. The phrase “Education, Service, Reflection” is still relevant because it describes the Triangle of Quality Community Service, which is a concept at AB’s core. “Peace, Love, AB” is a common expression for Alternative Breakers and is still used frequently. Lastly, the phrase “GV Lakers, Alternative Breakers, World Changers,” was developed in the fall of 2015 and is still being employed.

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We also found a Great Lakes Alternative Breaks tote bag from 2011, which was the most recent time the conference was hosted at GVSU. Several student leaders from our program were able to attend GLAB this year, and look forward to once again getting more involved in the future.

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Other GVAB items from the past include multiple tote bags, water bottles, business cards, magnets, rubber band bracelets, buttons, pens, and sunglasses.

We’ve greatly enjoyed celebrating the past and learning about GVAB’s rich history, but we’ve also been motivated to move forward and embrace the future. Every day we are working to improve and grow. We want to build stronger relationships with community partners, cultivate a diverse and dynamic culture, create more opportunities for education, service, and reflection, and, of course, continue to advocate for active citizenship throughout our communities.

As we celebrate the stories of our past, we look forward to the next chapter. There are wonderful opportunities on the horizon!

If you know of any apparel or merchandise that we did not include here, please reach out to us on social media or email ab.gv.publicrelations@gmail.com. We would love to hear the stories you have to share! Additionally, please reach out to us if you are interested in joining the GVSU Alternative Breaks Alumni Association on Facebook. We are currently working on reconnecting with our alumni in a variety of exciting ways, and we can’t wait to share them with you!

Peace. Love. AB.

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2/28 UPDATE: Our incredible alumni shared photos and stories with us on Facebook about GVAB apparel that we don’t have . Check it out!

To look at our history from a different angle, here are a few of the logos GVAB has sported throughout the years:

3/24 Update: Check out these awesome t-shirt from 1997 and 1998!

Alternative Breaks February-March 2016 Events Calendar

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Grand Valley Alternative Breaks February-March 2016 Events Calendar

There’s an awful lot happening in the wonderful world of Grand Valley Alternative Breaks during the months of February and March! We’ve created a (hopefully) helpful list so you can stay up-to-date.

Van Orientation

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Alternative Breaks Van Orientation
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Alternative Breaks Van Orientation

If you are currently on a spring break trip, 21 or older, and planning on driving, we encourage you to attend Van Orientation! There are two sessions, both in Lot D6 on the Allendale campus: Tuesday, February 16 from 6-9pm and Friday, February 26 from 1-4pm.

Contact your site leaders if you are interested in participating!

Spring Break Send-Off

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Spring Break Send-Off

This special event is mandatory for all spring break participants and will be taking place on February 18 in the Grand River Room. Contact your site leaders for more information!

Community Development Weekend Trip

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Community Development Weekend Trip

Grand Valley Alternative Breaks‘ new Weekend Trip will be on February 19-21. The theme is Community Development, and participants will be working with Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit.

This event is open to any and all GVSU students. Apply on the Alternative Breaks OrgSync page today!

Please contact ab.gv.community@gmail.com with any questions

Spring Break and Flight Trip Applications

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Spring Break and Flight Trip Applications

Applications for our spring break and flight trips are open until Saturday, February 20 at 5pm. To apply, fill out a form on our OrgSync page and then turn in your $5 application fee to the GVSU Community Service Learning Center. It’s as simple as that!

Spring Break Application: http://bit.ly/1PpmuFj
Summer Flight Trip Application: http://bit.ly/1UxYfoo

Transformation Tuesday #5: Native American Cultural Awareness

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Transformation Tuesday #5: Native American Cultural Awareness

Are you interested in learning more about the social and environmental issues that affect your community? If so, we invite you to check out GVAB’s new educational event series: TRANSFORMATION TUESDAYS! There will be guest speakers, group activities, documentaries, constructive conversations and more!

The fifth Transformation Tuesday event will be on February 23 from 9:00pm to 10:30pm in the KC 1142.

This month’s theme is Native American Cultural Awareness and the event is LIB 100/201 approved!

Please contact ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com with any questions

Spring Break Semi-Social

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Spring Break Semi-Social

This special event is mandatory for all spring break participants and will be taking place on February 25 in the Grand River Room. Contact your site leaders for more information!

Spring Break Trips!

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Spring Break Trips!

Our 15 spring break trips depart March 5 and return March 12! Be sure to check in to our social media pages frequently for updates on everyone’s wild and wonderful adventures!

Summer Break Trip Applications

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Summer Break Trip Applications

Applications for our summer break trips close on Friday, March 14. You can apply until then on OrgSync.

March Service Saturday with Family Promise

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March Service Saturday with Family Promise

Service Saturdays are back!

For the month of March, we will be working with Family Promise of Grand Rapids. Family Promise is an organization that strives to help prevent homelessness by giving the encouragement that families need to give them motivation to grow. Plans for the day include deep cleaning the day center and receiving an educational tour about the organization and the opportunity to talk about what goes on during a normal day at Family Promise.

On March 19th, we will be meeting at 8:45 AM across from Lobby Shop in Kirkhof Center and will be carpooling to Family Promise. We will be volunteering from 10-2 PM then we will return to campus following our service. Please be sure to bring your own water bottle for the day as well as to pack your own lunch.

Apply on OrgSync today: http://bit.ly/1O1WNW1

Please contact ab.gv.community@gmail.com with any questions.

Transformation Tuesday #6: Human Trafficking

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Transformation Tuesday #6: Human Trafficking

The sixth Transformation Tuesday event will be on March 22 from 9:00pm to 10:30pm.

This month’s theme is Human Trafficking and the event is LIB 100/201 approved!

Lastly, there are many ways to connect with us online. Check them out!

Official Website
OrgSync
Facebook

Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
Snapchat – GV_AB

If you have any questions, please contact ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com.

Spring Break is in 3 Weeks!

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Grand Valley Alternative Breaks Spring Break Trips are just 3 weeks away!

Spring Break is just 3 weeks away! Do you have any plans?

It’s not too late to apply for our spring break service trips! To apply, fill out a form on our OrgSync page and then turn in your $5 application fee to the GVSU Community Service Learning Center. It’s as simple as that!

ALL UPCOMING GVAB SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:

February Weekend Trip: http://bit.ly/1TtHwUU
Spring Break Trip: http://bit.ly/1PpmuFj
March Service Saturday: http://bit.ly/1O1WNW1 
Summer Flight Trip: http://bit.ly/1UxYfoo
Summer Break Trip: http://bit.ly/1JPQBWe

Great Lakes Alternative Breaks Conference 2016

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The Great Lakes Alternative Breaks Conference, hosted by Alternative Spartan Breaks in 2016. 

This weekend several ‪#‎GVAB‬ leaders had the opportunity to attend the 2016 Great Lakes Alternative Breaks Conference! It was a great day of collaboration and learning with many outstanding Alternative Breaks programs throughout the Great Lakes region. In addition to a series of interesting workshops and networking opportunities with Utopia Foundation, Capital Area United Way, and Break Away: The Alternative Break Connection, we got to learn from keynote speakers and specialguests Ja’Nel Jamerson of Flint & Genesee Literacy Network, Lansing, Michigan Mayor Virgil Bernero, and Tia Fay, the Programs Director of our parent organization Break Away. We want to thank everyone who was involved, especially Alternative Spartan Breaks for hosting the event. Thank you for investing your time, energy, and resources into making ‪#‎GLAB2016‬ such an important and powerful learning opportunity for us all!

Community Development Weekend Trip

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The GVSU Alternative Breaks upcoming Community Development trip. Prepare for an unforgettable weekend!

Grand Valley Alternative Breaks‘ new Weekend Trip will be on February 19-21. The theme is Community Development, and participants will be working with Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit.

This event is open to any and all GVSU students. Apply on the Alternative Breaks OrgSync page today!

Please contact ab.gv.community@gmail.com with any questions.