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Alternative Breaks

Alternative Break trips take students outside Utah Valley to engage in community projects and learn about poverty and homelessness, food insecurity, health, literacy, environmental concerns, and other issues. These student-led trips immerse students in direct service activities and learning experiences.

Learn more about alternative breaks

First-generation students can apply for a scholarship to cover the majority of the cost of an Alternative Break. Please click the link above to learn about current future Alternative Break scholarship opportunities.

Programs & Clubs

I Am First Summer
Welcome Programs

Students feel more comfortable, experience greater success, and are more satisfied with their college experience when they have people they can turn to for support. Our summer programs will connect you to other students, staff, and faculty, while helping you prepare for the academic demands of college classes.


  • Meet new people and have fun!
  • Learn how to overcome challenges
  • Enhance your college-readiness skills
  • Get familiar and comfortable with UVU campus

Check back in Spring 2020 to learn about our Summer 2020 programs!

I Am First
Leadership Program

The I Am First LEAD Program is a one-year leadership development program for new first-generation freshmen at UVU. ("First-generation" is defined as neither parent/guardian has a U.S. bachelor's degree.)


This program develops students in three key ways:

    1. Helping you recognize and hone your talents and skills (using the Gallup StrengthsFinder Assessment)
    2. Providing you with effective skills and strategies that are vital to succeeding in college
    3. Training you to become a Peer Mentor and student leader at UVU

Students enroll in a 3-credit course each semester (Fall and Spring), in which they will build a community with other first-generation LEAD students, meet regularly with an assigned Peer Mentor, and network with a staff or faculty Mentor. Scholarships may be available for students who apply and are admitted to the program.


  • Develop essential skills to succeed in college and beyond
  • Join a structured community of first-generation freshmen and I Am First staff
  • Receive credit for leadership courses
  • Connect with experienced student and faculty mentors
  • Earn “Leadership Certification” on your Academic Transcript

We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2019 - Spring 2020 academic year. Applications for the 2020-2021 year will open in January.

I Am First

Interested in meeting other students? Want to help create special events for first-gen students? Looking for ways to be more involved on campus? Or maybe looking for something else but not sure what? Let us know. We would LOVE to have you be part of our I Am First Community.

Ways You Can Be Involved:

  • Help create exclusive first-gen events
  • Work with I Am First staff to help promote the program
  • Community service projects
  • Have something else in mind? Let us know!

I Am First is here to help connect you with the people, resources, and opportunities that provide a truly engaged learning experience.

Join the I Am First Community