CCEL Student Teams


To apply for a Service Team position, please complete the online application for the Service Team


April 1, 2019


Teresa Martinez - Advisor for Service Team -

Service Team Leadership

The Service Team is a student-run community service program in partnership with WSUSA. Our passion for service and love for people motivates us to change lives, open eyes and improve the community by engaging students.

Hyrum Packard

Hyrum Packard

Service Vice President

Andrew Nelson

Andrew Nelson

Service Assistant to the Vice President

Emma Eccles

Emma Eccles

PR & Marketing

General Service & Events

McCall Johnson

McCall Johnson

General Service & Events Team Lead & OWCAP

Done-in-a-Day Special Service Events OWCAP- Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership Weber County Elections

Housing and Environment Programming

Ali Horsfall

Ali Horsfall

Housing Team Lead & YC

Habitat for Humanity Ogden Nature Center Your Community Connection Weber Cares

Health and Ability Programming

Kamryn Eden

Kamryn Eden

Health & Ability Team Lead and GOAL Foundation

American Red Cross Catholic Community Services GOAL Foundation Special Olympics Teams

Education Programming

Rylie Howard

Rylie Howard

Education Team Lead & Family Enrichment

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Boys & Girls Club DaVinci Academy Family Enrichment Center YMCA Youth Impact

The Alternative Breaks program at Weber State University strives to cultivate active citizens by offering students the opportunity to engage in direct service trips throughout the world. We aim to give students a broader perspective of the world, discover the root causes of social issues, and create a desire to help in their home communities.


Director: Kylee Treseder
Assistant Director: Jenna Thoits

Spring 2020 Trips

Disaster Recovery after Hurricanes Florence and Dorian

Dover, North Carolina
Participant fee: $1170
Trip Leader: Hunter Evans
Advisors: Gail Niklason & Tashina Barber

Hurricane Florence forced many people in the state of North Carolina to leave their homes due to flooding and other damage. In partnership with the National Relief Network, volunteers will rebuild homes and help with flood damage to allow as many families as possible to get back into their homes. Cultural activities include; a ferry ride to Shackleford Banks to see wild Spanish ponies and dolphins, a visit to Fort Macon, and lunch at Atlantic beach.

Neighborhood Revitalization

New Orleans, LA
Participant fee: $1170
Trip Leader: Jenna Thoits
Advisors: Brittni Strickland & Leah Murray

Before and after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had issues regarding blight, affordable housing and homelessness. Since Katina, the issue has only gotten worse. There are many issues related to housing and homelessness that still persist in different neighborhoods throughout the city. Working on housing and homelessness is not only a great way to help New Orleans rebuild but also an important way to learn about the history of New Orleans and the impact of Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers will be helping with housing damage, homelessness, neighborhood beautification, manual labor cleaning and clearing debris. Cultural activities include: Walking history tour of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina Exhibit visit, a plantation tour and free time in the French Quarter.

Health and Resource Assistance

Las Canas, Dominican Republic
Participant fee: $1670
Trip Leader: Ali Horsfall
Advisors: Juancarlos Santisteban & Nancy Collinwood

Collaborate with local doctors and professionals to organize local medical brigades that bring medical access directly to the people. Volunteers will focus on improving health outcomes by creating healthy physical and social environments by incorporating methods such as bottle house construction. These volunteer efforts will provide personal security to families in very poor housing conditions and minimize waste.

Cultural activities include: snorkeling in Sosua, interacting with local community members through immersive activities and projects, and learning about the history that has shaped the relationship between Dominican and Haitians of Hispaniola.


Participant fee: $600 → airfare not included

Install a new roof on a local high school damaged from Cyclone Winston in 2016. Build bathrooms in the women's co-op structure. Build lockable storage closet & charging station for laptops.

Community Research

Washington D.C.
Participant fee: $1250
Trip Leader: Kailee Brown
Advisor: Heather Chapman

This is a research-focused trip where volunteers will gain research experience through a community-based organization.


Washington D.C.
***This trip is for SSS students only***
Trip Leader:
Advisors: Amanda Nielsen

Participants will focus on the issues of Washington D.C. poverty throughout the trip.


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  • Break Away Website
  • Risk Management
  • Study Abroad

Do you want to help your community and gain valuable skills for your future career and/or graduate school? Apply for a position on the Community Research Team and you can do all that while also earning course credit and a small tuition waiver. Members of the CCEL’s Community Research Team work with other students and community organizations to conduct research for the community organizations. The research projects are mentored by faculty advisors, and no previous research experience is required.

Learn More & Apply 


Dr. Alexander Lancaster

Bobbi Van Gilder

Community Research Team

  • Shireen Rezaei
  • Kailee Brown
  • Taylor Anderson
  • Bradee Goepper
  • Anthony Sanchez

If you have any questions as you fill out your application, please email Dr. Alexander Lancaster.

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a multi-campus initiative focused on public higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. The project began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times. 

The goal of the American Democracy Project is to produce graduates who are committed to being knowledgeable, involved citizens in their communities. The 250 participating colleges and universities, as members of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, have been described as “Stewards of Place.” As today’s undergraduates complete their studies and return to their communities, universities must prepare the next generation of citizens to become tomorrow’s “Stewards of Place.”

To support this goal, ADP has created seven initiatives involving ADP campuses and partners. This is called the Civic Engagement in Action Series. These seven initiatives are:

  1. The Stewardship of Public Lands
  2. Seven Revolutions
  3. Participatory Citizenship: American Democracy and the Jury System
  4. Political Engagement Project
  5. Strategies to Encouraging Voting
  6. Civic Engagement and the First Year
  7. Civic Commitment

All seven of these initiatives brings attention to a national issue. A variety of materials, program ideas, and recommendations for campuses participating in the ADP were developed through the Civic Engagement in Action Series.

American Democracy Project campuses observe and participate in a series of Special Days of Action and Reflection. While we strive as a project to drive civic engagement deeper into the curriculum and co-curriculum of our campuses in long-term, lasting ways, we also recognize the importance of specific days of celebration. The special days in action and reflection that ADP observes include: 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11), Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (September 17), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 16, 2012), and Earth Day (April 22).

The Democracy Commitment

Modeled after the ADP, the Democracy Commitment (TDC) is a national civic engagement project for community colleges that aims to engage community college students in civic learning and democratic practice. The goal of the project is for every graduate of an American community college to have an education in democracy. This includes all community colleges students, whether they aim to transfer to a four-year college or university, to achieve an associate degree or to obtain a certificate.


Apply to ADP Team

American Democracy Team

Teresa Martinez


Richard Price


Ethan Cabading

ADP Director

Jaden Priest

ADP Member

Abdiel Vazquez

ADP Member

Alyson Johnson

ADP Member