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Lead Out Initiative

The Lead Out Initiative

Jesus Christ ministered to individuals from all different walks of life, socioeconomic statuses, religious backgrounds, ethnic backgrounds, ages, and political persuasions. Nicodemus, the rich young ruler, the woman at the well, the leper, the blind man, the paralytic, the widow and her son, Jairus’ daughter, the woman with the issue of blood, the boy with the unclean spirit, the woman taken in adultery, Lazarus, and the list goes on. 

Students from underrepresented backgrounds may not come to campus with the same networks, resources, and experiences to navigate, find, and take advantage of university opportunities.  

In an effort to attend to the unique needs of some students from underrepresented populations, student leaders working with the Lead Out initiative facilitate collaborative relationships across campus and organize efforts to create safety and community for other underrepresented students.

What is Lead Out?

The Lead Out initiative supports the emergence, development, and efforts of underrepresented leaders as they help build a campus community of love, respect, and inclusion.

What We Do

  • Support and engage underrepresented students to discover or develop their leadership skills. 
  • Collaborate with underrepresented student-led initiatives, clubs, and BYU departments or colleges to create and improve a more inclusive community for underrepresented students. 
  • Create, empower, and inspire opportunities for expression, innovation, and participation among underrepresented individuals. 

Student Testimonials

See what students are saying about the Lead Out Initiative
"Being a member of the lead out team motivates me to treat people with more respect and kindness, just as my Savior Jesus Christ did. I develop inclusiveness."
~ Cris Sembrano
“ I love working for the lead out community because I am able to foster relationships that help build a more positive network on BYU campus"

~ Justina Ababio
"Being a part of the Lead Out team has taught me more about myself than I could’ve imagined and has guided me through many different challenges."
- Kimberlyn Yellowhair

“Today, I call upon our members everywhere to lead out in abandoning attitudes and actions of prejudice.”

- President Russell M. Nelson
(October 2020 General Conference)

“As a disciple of Jesus Christ, you can lead out

in treating people of all races and religions and any other groups with love, respect, and inclusion—especially those who are sometimes victims of hurtful words and actions. Reach out to those who feel lonely, isolated, or helpless. Help them feel Heavenly Father’s love through you.”

- For the Strength of Youth; Love God, Love your Neighbor

Meet the Team

Anthony Bates

Managing Director

Daycy De Gamez


Cris Sembrano

Assistant Lead

Kimberlyn Yellowhair


Adriannah Metta


Justina Ababio


Keegan Musaalo


Trent Hulme