Course Credit for Site Leaders


Beginning in Fall 2013, all student site leaders selected to participate in the University of Kentucky (UK) Alternative Service Breaks (ASB) program, housed within the Center for Community Outreach, will be required to enroll in EXP 396-002, “Active Citizenship Training for Leaders.” All student site leaders will be required to enroll in 1 credit hour of EXP 396-002 in Fall 2014, and 1 credit hour of EXP 396-002 in Spring 2015 (excluding site leaders Winter Break programs). Per Experiential Education requirements, students will be required to fulfill a total of 48 work hours, per 1 credit hour, in order to complete and receive a passing grade in the course.


This course  is designed as a community-based learning experience through which UK ASB site leaders will explore concepts of active citizenship and service leadership, as they prepare to lead their peers on ASB service immersions. The purpose of this course is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead their peers on ASB service immersions, while deepening their leadership experience and supporting their journey toward active citizenship. This course is intended to complement students’ leadership experiences in the UK ASB program. It will require student participation in a variety of activities, including group meetings, training sessions, office hours, etc.


The objectives of this course are based upon intended learning outcomes for UK ASB student site leaders. As a result of participating in and successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Articulate the mission, vision, history, and philosophy of the UK ASB program
  • Exhibit knowledge of Break Away and the national “alternative breaks movement”
  • Articulate their past service experiences and goals for their journey toward active citizenship
  • Demonstrate skills for developing partnerships among peers, faculty/staff, and community partners
  • Demonstrate skills for facilitating group process such as teambuilding, discussion, and reflection
  • Demonstrate skills for leading service teams such as logistical planning, problem solving, and risk management
  • Demonstrate awareness of self in the context of others and the community
  • Demonstrate understanding of power and privilege in society, in the context of social issues
  • Develop a personal leadership style and philosophy
  • Develop a personal definition of social change

The primary texts for this course will be the 2015-2016 UK ASB Common Reading Books assigned as follows:

  • Nicaragua: “The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War” by Gioconda Belli
  • David, Kentucky: “Clay’s Quilt” by Silas House
  • Atlanta, Georgia: “Outcasts United” by Warren St. John
  • Washington, D.C.: “Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen” by David Hilfiker
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: “Not Just the Levees Broke” by Phyllis Montana-Leblanc
  • Silver Springs, Florida: “Animal Underworld” by Alan Green
  • Dominican Republic: “In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez
  • Ecuador: “Savages” by Joe Kane
  • Ghana: “My First Coup d’Etat” by John Dramani Mahama
  • CCK: To Be Determined

Additional short readings and/or digital media may be assigned by instructors as supplemental to 2014-2015 UK ASB Common Reading Books.


For more information about this course, please reference the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 syllabi for EXP 396-002 (For Student Leaders).

EXP 396-002 Syllabus – ASB Leaders – Fall 2013

EXP 396-002 Syllabus – ASB Leaders – Spring 2014