Riverways Education Partnerships

Literacy Arts ASB 2021

WINTER QUARTER SEMINAR: Thursdays, 4:00-5:20PM

SPRING BREAK: March 22-26, 2021

TEAM MEMBER APPLICATION: Apply here!

TEAM LEADER APPLICATION: Apply here!

FINAL DEADLINE: December 4, 2020, 11:59PM

SITES:
Curlew, Forks, Harrah, Nespelem, Oroville, Tonasket
All ASB work will be conducted remotely with each site.

COSTS:
All costs will be covered for UW students.

QUESTIONS:
Email: riverways@uw.edu

LAST YEAR’S WORK
ASB 2019 Magazine

Want to do something meaningful with your Spring Break? Apply for Alternative Spring Break!

Creating connections is more important than ever in these isolating times, and stories empower us, uplift our voices, and let us learn from our communal experiences and our differences. Please join us in crafting this community of storytellers!

WHAT IS LITERACY ARTS ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK?

Riverway Education Partnerships recruits a group of UW undergraduates to volunteer on a literacy arts project with elementary, middle or high school kids in rural and tribal Washington during spring break. Students are divided into teams to work with each site and are coordinated by a student Team Leader. This year we are expanding our program and adding a required winter quarter seminar. This seminar will allow students to learn more about educational practice, the communities they will be working with, as well as establish connections with their fellow undergraduates, town and tribal elders, teachers and the K-12 students at each site. This seminar will meet weekly, and students can receive 1-5 credits.

This will lead up to our spring break project, where UW students will help young students work on creative storytelling projects about their lives and their communities, writing and editing drafts and eventually collecting stories into a magazine to be distributed to all participants. Selected stories will be featured in the magazine and all of the stories will go on the web.  Following the project, the stories need to be edited and the magazine designed.

WHAT SITES DO VOLUNTEERS WORK WITH?

Curlew, Forks, Harrah, Nespelem, Oroville, and Tonasket

All ASB work will be conducted remotely with each site.

WHAT DOES RIVERWAYS PROVIDE?

Riverways will provide all needed materials and training.

COST?

There is no fee to participate in ASB.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Any enrolled UW student can apply. While Alternative Spring Break isn’t limited to students who have tutored before, applicants that have tutoring experience are preferred.

WHO ARE OUR TEAM LEADERS?

Students are divided into teams to work with each different site. Each team is led by a Team Leader. Team Leaders help coordinate logistics, serve as contact for their site, organize their team, help facilitate projects with the K-12 students and collect stories at the end of the program. If you’re interested in taking a leadership role in this year, or participated last year and want to do more this year, apply to be a Team Leader! More information about Team Leader responsibilities on the application page.

WHAT TRAINING DO VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE?

Applicants who are chosen will join our weekly seminar where they will receive training to prepare to work with children in a K-12 setting and learn about the communities they are working with. Teams will meet on their own time to prepare, and to initiate contact with the schools and teachers they will be working with.

If you have any further questions, please e-mail riverways@uw.edu or click here and schedule a meeting with Luisa to learn more.

“The students truly reminded me of the beauty of creativity, imagination, curiosity and having a wide-eyed view of the world, and most importantly inspiring me to never lose this mindset as we so often do as we age…ASB is among the highlights of my undergraduate experience and has done much to cement my desires to pursue a career in the field of education.”“Throughout our week in Harrah, the students reminded me about how to be creative, the teachers showed me how to be patient, our hosts taught me about hospitality and sharing, and my teammates inspired me to be reflective.”