The LEAH Project
Leaders through Education, action, and hope
The Leaders through Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project trains low income Boston Public high school (BPS) students of color to become LEAH Mentors and teach inquiry-based science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum to elementary school students in the BPS system, creating strong relationships between students of all ages and increasing student's STEM education. LEAH focuses on addressing three things:
LEAH provides its high school-aged youth with academic support and inspires interest in STEM by taking them on STEM field trips, organizing STEM job shadow days, and hosting STEM career nights. High school youth, called LEAH Mentors, in turn, share this exposure with elementary school students, providing them with homework support, acting as STEM role models, and engaging them in 1,400 hours of fun and illuminating STEM instruction.
The LEAH Project provides it’s youth with individualized academic and college application support as well as opportunities to visit colleges and practice interviews. By providing critical academic and application support, the LEAH Project prepares LEAH Mentors, many of who will be first generation college students, for success in college.
The LEAH Project builds job readiness skills and enhances the employability of Boston area youth through training and hands-on experience. LEAH Mentors gain job skills in their roles as teachers and role models, while LEAH Project staff prepare them for the workforce through weekly trainings, one-on-one coaching, events that expose them to STEM professionals and careers, and even internship opportunities.