The LEAH Project

Leaders through Education, Action, and Hope


The  Leaders through Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project trains Boston Public high school (BPS) students, called LEAH Mentors, to teach inquiry-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities and build caring relationships with Boston Public elementary school children (mentees). This unique model operates at two levels: LEAH Mentors inspire children to explore through scientific inquiry, while they themselves gain the skills and experience to pursue their own interests - often in the fields of STEM and education.

The LEAH Project was inspired by the life of Leah Deni, an extraordinary youth director who was passionate about science and providing out-of-school time opportunities for underprivileged youth until her sudden death at age 25. To honor her memory, Boston Public School’s and the Urban Ecology Institute developed the LEAH Project, and, in 2013, oversaw its transition to Health Resources in Action. Since its start in 2005, the LEAH Project has trained more than 175 Mentors and has engaged more than 5,000 mentees.



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