What is LEAD?
LEAD (Latinos Engaged in Academic Development) strives to empower local Latino youth through their education by providing language assistance, tutoring, and preparation for higher education. As a program, our vision and purpose is to:
A. See the youngest generations of Latino students gain a drive to attain higher education.
B. Empower Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities.
C. Expand the BYU students’ ability to understand meaningful service within Latino communities in the US.
For more information on volunteering with LEAD, please visit the “Get Involved” tab above! LEAD partners with the Latinos In Action BYU Chapter to serve! As a college chapter their goals are to help first year students as they start college, create a supportive environment for all students through various activities, and help students with professional development as they choose and prepare for a future career. This is a separate club in addition to the LEAD program. If you're interested in participating, join their chapter and check out BYU LIA!
How do I get involved?
Cherry Hill Elementary: Cherry Hill Elementary is a Spanish-English dual immersion school located in Orem. At Cherry Hill, volunteers are needed as classroom aides where they will help students during class time and assist the teacher with various tasks. Cherry Hill has a consistent group of children in each classroom whose second language is English, so Spanish is helpful in volunteering. Volunteer times are available throughout the day and can be flexible with your schedule. Although Spanish is helpful in the classroom, it isn’t always required! If you don’t speak Spanish but want to help out, email us and we’ll find a spot where you can help out! A 1-hour weekly commitment is required for the semester.
Classroom Aide at Canyon Crest Elementary School: Canyon Crest has Spanish Dual Immersion programs for grades 1-6 and is located just 3 miles north of BYU. Our volunteers help tutor individual students in reading or math, perform progress assessments, or whatever else the teacher needs help with that day. Volunteers can choose the grade and time. We need English-speaking volunteers for K-6th and Spanish-speaking volunteers for 1st-6th grades. Our service is greatly needed and appreciated! Classroom Aides have the opportunity to positively impact a child's life and have all expressed how much they enjoy volunteering at Canyon Crest. Service is provided during school hours within the regular classroom setting. A 1-hour weekly commitment is required for the semester.
Provo Peaks/Provost Elementary Schools: Provo Peaks is less than a mile from south campus and Provost is just over a mile from south campus. Both schools use our volunteers as classroom aides where they will help students during class time and assist the teacher with various tasks. Each of these schools also has a consistent group of ESL (English Second Language) students in each classroom so Spanish is helpful! However, these are not dual immersion schools, so the classroom activities are all in English. Volunteer times are available throughout the day and can be flexible with your schedule. These schools are a great place to volunteer if you don’t speak Spanish, and also if you plan to walk/bike from campus to volunteer! A 1-hour weekly commitment is required for the semester.
Timpview High School: Timpview is just under 2 miles north of campus. At Timpview, LEAD partners with LIA (Latinos in Action) to volunteer in Timpview’s Latinos in Action classroom. Volunteering activities at Timpview vary depending on the time of year. In the fall, we focus on completing college applications, FAFSA and other things to prepare the students for their next step after graduation! Throughout the rest of the year, we help with a variety of classroom activities and provide tutoring for students who need homework help. The youth at Timpview are awesome! If you love spending time with fun teenagers, Timpview is a great place to volunteer! Spanish is not required as most students speak great English, but it is an added bonus as it can help you connect to the students! Email us for information on the current schedule at Timpview.
Provo High School: At Provo High School, volunteers are engaged in tutoring high school students in a variety of basic subjects. Spanish is not required as most tutoring is in English! The schedule for tutoring at Provo High School can vary, so email us for information on the current schedule at Provo.
Please complete this mandatory 20 minute child protection trainingbefore you begin volunteering at any of the schools listed above.
I volunteered at Canyon Crest and it was fantastic. It was always rejuvenating for me amidst a busy schedule. It was extremely rewarding to see 1st graders have "A-ha" moments as I tutored them in their reading and math.
I cannot recommend LEAD enough to those who want to feel like they’re making a difference in the lives of those who need it. The relationships that I built with the students and teachers that I worked with are ones that I’ll cherish forever. There’s always something to do and someone to help in the classroom; plus, there’s no better feeling than walking through the door and being ecstatically greeted by twenty kindergartners who love you to death. I love volunteering with LEAD. It’s a great program run by leaders who care.
LEAD has been my best experience serving amongst the community by far! I volunteered at two different schools where I taught Spanish to dual immersion students, and English to students who were learning it as their second language. My most impactful experience has been teaching an immigrant student English who had recently moved from Chile!