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What is Latinos Engaged in Academics and Development (LEAD)?

LEAD offers opportunities for BYU students to serve the Hispanic community.

As a program, our vision and purpose is to:

  1. See the youngest generations of Latino students gain a drive to attain higher education.
  2. Empower Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities.
  3. Expand the BYU students’ ability to understand meaningful service within Latino communities in the US.
  4. Serve the ever-growing population of Latino families of Utah County in all capacities.


Volunteer Opportunities

Cherry Hill Elementary Tutoring: Cherry Hill Elementary is a Spanish-English dual immersion school located close by in Orem. There are currently two programs we are running at the school. First, volunteers at Cherry Hill Elementary can help struggling students in grades 1-6 improve their reading skills with the AmeriCorp Literacy Program. Second, volunteers are also needed as classroom aides where they will help students during class time and assist the teacher with various tasks. Volunteer times are available throughout the day for both programs and can be flexible with your schedule. There are opportunities to serve even if you don’t speak Spanish. 1 hour weekly commitment is required for the semester Currently needs more volunteers.


Citizenship Exam Prep Class: In a classroom environment, volunteers help individuals prepare for the citizenship/naturalization exam. The class will be offered on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 pm, but volunteers are only needed from 7:30 to 8 PM. The class will run starting on September 25 and ending on November 6. We are currently accepting volunteers to help out in the class. 


Classroom Aide at Canyon Crest Elementary School: Canyon Crest has Spanish Dual Immersion programs for grades 1-6 and is located just 3 miles from 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 volunteers for K-6th and Spanish 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. Time commitment is 1 hour/week for the whole semester. Currently needs more volunteers.


Community Health Classes: We are currently working with local organizations to restructure our community health classes program. However, check back in a couple of weeks if you're interested in educating the Hispanic community on issues ranging from exercise and diet to mental health!


Low Income Taxpayer’s Clinic (LITC): Volunteers serve taxpayers including those with low income or who speak English as a second language (ESL). Please visit http://www.centrohispanouc.org/low-income-taxpayer-clinic/ for more information. Not currently accepting volunteers for LITC Fall 2019.


Community Events: Volunteer at one time community events like the Latino Festival.


Complete this Form to sign-up to volunteer with LEAD.


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!


Program Directors: 

Program Directors

Juan Mejia

Executive Director

(312) 898-9994

Wed. 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM 


Brendan Moxley

(702) 524-1297

Thurs. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 


Devin Bird

(970) 260-2008

Fri. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM 


Lance Gregory

(801) 995-9583

Mon. 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Wyatt Corbin

(949) 636-8144

Wed. 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM


Program Directors needed. Apply here


Active Semesters

Fall   Winter   Spring   Summer


Time Commitment

Please check with the program leaders in charge of the specific volunteer opportunities. 

About 1 hour a week for one semester. 



How do I get involved?: 

How do I get involved?

Complete this Form to sign-up to volunteer with LEAD.


Please complete this mandatory 20 minute child protection training before you begin volunteering at Canyon Crest or Cherry Hill Elementary. 


For more information contact the program directors at leadbyu@byu.edu





We had a WILK booth and asked people walking by if they'd be willing to take 5 min to write a letter to a missionary. Hundreds of people were willing and excited to help. We ended up with more than enough letters for all the missionaries of the Honduras Tegucigalpa mission for Christmas. It was really special to see the love everyone had for missionaries they'd never met!

-Camille Mejia 


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.

-Aubrey Glazier