Many schools and communities are overwhelmed with the number of students suffering from isolation, anxiety, depression and mental paralysis. Reach Out was founded in 2019 by students from the Lumen Scholar Institute to increase awareness of this need and to encourage individuals and communities understand how to build connections, friendship and support for self one another. Our mission is to build a safe community where everyone can feel balanced and brave enough to reach out and focus on making connections rather than receiving them.
Allison is the mother of seven children ranging in age from 11-28 years old, four girls and three boys. She is married to her best friend, Michael Richardson, and together they do the best they can to build a balanced family with God as the guiding force. Allison has worked with youth as a mentor and motivator for over 15 years. She has helped develop programs for youth and is excited to help the coming generation develop to be as powerful and content as they are meant to be. She believes many will find balance and peace they deserve through “Reach Out Utah.”
Co-FounderGideon Warnock is a junior in high school who grew up in Salt Lake City. He is passionate about learning and has plans to earn a PhD after serving a volunteer mission for his church. He loves spending time with his family and enjoys outdoor activities. Gideon’s life has been strongly impacted by peers and mentors who have reached out to him, and he hopes that the Reach Out Initiative will have that same effect on students throughout Utah.
Emma loves reading, animals and hanging out with people of all ages. She will often take a group of friends to visit the elderly, and she especially loves to play cards with her 93 year old aunt! She would love to go into bibliotherapy (therapy through books) and is planning on earning a bachelors degree in humanities and a masters degree in counseling.
Malena is a senior at Lumen Scholar Institute, where she is taking concurrent enrollment classes. She plans to graduate high school with her Associate’s degree, and continue to achieve a BFA-Acting degree. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, reading or painting. Acting is one of Malena’s favorite activities and she has portrayed many fun roles, such as Timon in The Lion King Jr. and the Genie in Aladdin Jr. Her younger brothers often participate in the theater with her, and she loves the opportunity to connect with them as well as the other actors. Malena comes from a large family, where she is the sixth of eight children and only one of two girls! Family is a constant source of love and connection for her, and she hopes to Reach Out will help others make connections as she has.
Dr. Michael Richardson (PhD)
Dr. Michael Richardson is a developmental psychologist with extensive experience working with youth and families who faced various challenges at school, at home, or in treatment contexts. For many years he has taught university courses in adolescent development/psychology, classroom management, and approaches to teaching and learning. He also conducts and publishes research relevant to supporting adolescents’ social and moral development, and positive relationships between adults and youth.
Alexis has worked to supply people with resources to become their best selves for over 10 years. Alexis has worked as a Daycare Specialist, a Summer Camp Program Designer, a Family Specialist, and a Parent Mentor and Teacher. Alexis has seen all types of people overcome and work together to achieve their best selves. With a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development (minor in Gerontology) and a Masters degree in Architecture and Sustainable Design, Alexis also has experience using resources and has first-hand knowledge of how one can succeed when they reach out to others different than themselves for help, support and resources.