Utah Higher Education AmeriCorps Network (UHEAN)
The Utah Higher Education AmeriCorps Network (UHEAN) is a state and national AmeriCorps Program. Our AmeriCorps members Get Things Done for Utah, building safer, stronger, healthier, and united communities across the state. The members in our program support schools, hospitals, and organizations that see service as a solution to local and national challenges and create powerful member experiences that result in lifelong civic engagement.
UHEAN is an education award AmeriCorps Program that utilizes students at seven colleges and university students throughout the state. UHEAN AmeriCorps Members provide support to hundreds of community organizations through direct service and capacity building efforts. The work performed by AmeriCorps members increases the ability for organizations to continue providing much-needed services in the areas of education, healthy futures and economic opportunity.
Formerly Utah Campus Compact AmeriCorps, the UHEAN Program is currently in its 11th grant year of service with 850+ members currently serving terms.
This program operates in the following colleges & universities:
- Dixie State University
- Salt Lake Community College
- Southern Utah University
- University of Utah
- Utah State University
- Utah Valley University
- Weber State University
UHEAN members are placed at individual service sites throughout the state.
Janell Coleman Torres, AmeriCorps Program Director
>Visit UHEAN's website
Qualifications to serve with UHEAN:
- Enroll in either a 300, 450, or 675 hour term.
- You have 12 months to complete your term of service. However, you do not need to take that long. Most of you will take about an academic semester.
- You must pass a National Sex Offender and Background check.
- You must wear AmeriCorps identification while serving hours.
- If you are not yet 17 we need a letter from a parent or guardian.
- Must be a lawful US citizen. If you are a green card holder just know we will need to receive a copy of that before completing enrollment.
- Volunteer Mobilization Project-recruit 5 volunteers for a total of 5 hours.
- Members must participate in a service project on two National Days of Service, MLK and 9/11 day of remembrance.
Top reasons that members like serving with UHEAN:
- Education Award
- Student loan assistance
- Community impact
- Life skills to carry into career prospects
Meet a UHEAN Member
“My service hours and volunteer experiences while volunteering with Americorps will always be remembered as part of my development as a healthcare professional. It has been a great adventure and the lessons I have learned will always stay with me. I can see myself working directly with Americorps, in one way or another, for years to come. The professional format in which Americorps operates is impressive –sometimes daunting, but impressive nonetheless. My project was carried out without a hiccup and all the volunteers were very helpful. The volunteers even learned quite a bit about respiratory therapy services and operations while disinfecting the Dixie State University Respiratory Therapy Program Laboratory. Their interest in healthcare services sparked and I'm sure there will be a great leader or two amongst them. Americorps is a great program, an eye opening experience, and a great way to get involved with the community and the wonderful veterans in our city.”
- Ryan Chesley, 17-18 Member
Meet the Program Director
Janell Coleman Torres
Janell Coleman Torres joined the UHEAN staff as a program assistant in 2018 when the program was housed within Utah Campus Compact. Since then she has enjoyed sharing the opportunity that AmeriCorps gives college students to engage in service, but also the financial benefit that students receive in the completion of activities that many of them would already be doing in pursuit of their degrees and certificates. Janell became the Program Manager at the beginning of 2022 and is working hard to expand the program for more members across the state.
Janell is a Utah transplant, moving to Utah to complete her undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Anthropology at the University of Utah as well as a certificate in Diversity. In her own love of education, she also recently completed licensing as an Independent Financial Professional and spends some of her evenings helping families find and prepare for their financial futures. Her spare time is filled with the adventures of her adorable kids and family.