Brighter Horizons

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Volunteers stand in front of Hare Krishna temple
What is _____?: 

What is Brighter Horizons?

This program provides a wide range of service opportunities for teenagers in state facilities and correctional institutions. As a volunteer, you mentor these teens to help them develop a love for service and a desire to serve and contribute positively in their communities.


Volunteer Commitment: We have programs on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, generally at 10 a.m. We usually meet at Jamba Juice in the Wilkinson Center and send out an email with the specific times and locations before each activity. 



Program Directors: 

Program Directors

Kurt Schimmelbusch

Executive Director

(503) 381-0382

Wed. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Zachary Griffin

(801) 513-4880


Elizabeth Ericksen

(385) 419-2361

Thurs. 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM


Ethan Crawford

(801) 448-4480

Thurs. 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Program director needed, apply here


Active Semesters

Fall   Winter 


Time Commitment

2 - 3 hours a week





How do I get involved?: 

How do I get involved?

Bring your driver’s license or passport with you to 2010 or 2330 WSC to fill out a Background Check. If you have any questions, contact us by email at

Facebook: @BYUBrighterHorizons

Please complete this mandatory 20 minute child protection training before you begin working with the children. 




A couple of weeks ago, we were able to make decorations to take to the hospital with the girls. That morning I had gotten up super early to study and was pretty stressed about an upcoming midterm. As we served I just felt super happy. That hour and a half really gave me the boost I needed for the rest of the day.

-Zach Griffin