The University of Utah Prison Education Project (UPEP) is an incredible program that provides on-site higher education programming to incarcerated students at the Utah State Prison in Draper, Utah. As a program committed to educational equity, UPEP is committed to providing courses at no cost to its students and relies on donations and volunteers from the Utah community. UPEP is dedicated to social transformation and educational equity and continually works to provide resources to those who are incarcerated.
Recently, Business Career Services Ambassadors and UPEP volunteers Sarah Manley and Tyler Brothers organized a book drive in the Salt Lake Valley. The book drive was a huge success and resulted in more than 2,800 books being donated. Books were delivered to the Wasatch Men’s Facility and the Timpanogos Women’s Facility this past spring, where UPEP classroom libraries are being created. UPEP students have allotted teaching and learning labs where they can access all of the books. The next phase is to apply for grants to train UPEP students as librarians.
Jenna Service is a University of Utah student working toward her degree in Social Work and Criminology. She is a Business Career Services Ambassador and an intern for the University of Utah Prison Education Project.