The LEAH Project is Hiring a College Access and Persistance Manager

The LEAH Project is looking for an energetic, motivated, and knowledgeable new person to join our growing team as the College Access and Persistence Manager. LEAH is a STEM, college access and career readiness program for youth who are typically underrepresented in STEM fields (youth of color, first generation college youth, etc.). We are looking for someone with prior experience in college access and persistence among first generation college students as well as someone who brings a passion and energy for youth development.

Find the full job description here:

Summer LEAH applications are OPEN!

The LEAH Project has TWO summer internship programs for interested high school students. Both applications are open now and are due by March 22nd.

The LEAH Project is a STEM-based teaching internship where students have the opportunity to teach elementary school youth STEM lessons at summer camps and serve as junior counselors. Applications can be found here:

LEAH Knox Scholars Program is a biology research internship that runs in partnership with MIT where students learn hands-on lab skills from experts in the field. Applications can be found here:

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The LEAH Project at Health Resources in Action

AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow­­­­­­­­­

AmeriCorps Massachusetts Promise Fellows deliver the resources young people need to be successful in life by creating, managing, and leading meaningful out-of-school time programs for youth in grades 6-12. Fellow projects focus on mentoring, social and emotional learning, college and career readiness, academic enrichment, and community service-learning. 

The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship achieves this by placing AmeriCorps Fellows with schools, non-profit organizations and state/local government agencies that focus on fulfilling the needs of our youth by providing: a caring adult, a safe place, a healthy start, a marketable skill, and an opportunity to give back.

Service Description

BOSTON- The Leaders through Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project is a college access, job readiness, and youth development initiative that recruits, trains, and supports low-income, high school students of color in Boston Public Schools (BPS), known as “LEAH Mentors,” to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons and provide homework help to elementary school students. The Fellow will lead and enhance the LEAH Project’s College Readiness Program (CRP), working directly and consistently with 20 youth (juniors) throughout the year. Through the CRP, the Fellow will work to increase the college-readiness of LEAH Mentors including managing a tutoring program, planning college visits, parent engagement events, and college workshops, facilitating Mentor orientation and weekly meetings, conducting site visits, and meeting individually with Mentors.

Supervisor: Allyson Shifley, MPH, LEAH Program Manager,

Essential Responsibilities

Ø  Create and manage a volunteer tutoring program, as part of the College Readiness Program curriculum

Ø  Provide assistance with scholarships, other leadership/service opportunities, and college applications

Ø  Meet with Mentors one-on-one to develop and monitor an academic and personal goals plan

Ø  Schedule and conduct at least ten local college tours

Ø  Facilitate at least two family-Mentor events to engage parents in helping prepare their child for college

Ø  Develop lasting partnerships with at least three community-based college access organizations in the Boston area

Ø  Support facilitation of weekly meetings/trainings for LEAH Mentors

Ø  Provide technical assistance to LEAH program partner sites where LEAH Mentors are placed

Ø  Travel to afterschool sites where Mentors are placed to meet with youth, observe lessons, and provide feedback

Ø  Assist with event planning (kick off celebration, end of year event, STEM Career nights)

Ø  Assist with planning and facilitating other HRiA youth trainings

Ø  Travel at least once/month for Fellowship meetings, retreats, and training throughout the Commonwealth

Ø  Make a full-time, 11 month commitment


Ø  Ability to work independently and take initiative

Ø  Excellent organizational and communication skills

Ø  Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Ø  Be able to plan and facilitate meetings, comfortable speaking in front of an audience and leading trainings

Ø  Ability to prioritize tasks and maintain progress on short and long-term goals

Ø  Experience working with youth

Ø  Deep belief in the power and potential of young people to create social change

Ø  Flexible schedule to accommodate some evening and weekend events/field trips

Ø  Passionate about social justice and working with diverse communities

Ø  Must have a valid driver’s license

Ø  Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred

Ø  Bilingual (English and Spanish) a plus

Ø  Background/experience in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) a plus

Ø  People of color are encouraged to apply

Ø  First generation college graduates are encouraged to apply

Ø  Must be a US Citizen, US National or Permanent Resident Alien

Ø  Must be willing to undergo a National Service Criminal History Check, including screenings through the National Sex Offender Public Website, a name-based search of the statewide criminal history registry both in Massachusetts and your state of residence upon application to our program (if not Massachusetts), and a fingerprint based FBI check. *Eligibility to participate in MPF is contingent on the results of this screening

Fellow Schedule

M-F, 9am-6pm (Flexible, some weekend and evening events)



For an eleven month, full-time commitment and 1,700 hours of AmeriCorps service Fellows receive:

A taxable living allowance of up to $15,500/year ¨ Excellent training opportunities ¨ FREE courses at Northeastern University in the College of Professional Studies & discounted courses upon successfully completing the service year ¨ Loan forbearance and an up to $5,920 educational award ¨ Monthly travel allowance ¨ Career coaching and support ¨ Healthcare benefits

How to Apply

Apply ASAP! Applicants are hired on a rolling basis.

Applicants must apply through our General Application by May 1st, 2018 and select the host site(s) of which they are interested in applying. Host sites will reach out to schedule a first round interview. If you have additional questions or would like to contact a host site, please see the e-mail contact listed above. Positions will continue to accept applications until they are listed as filled.


More Info

Ø  Interviews will take place during May, 2018 and reasonable accommodations will be made available for interviews upon request.

Ø  Selection decisions will be made on or before June 1st, 2018. All position offers will be provisional until 2018-2019 federal funding has been confirmed.

Ø  Program start date is August 7th, 2018

Ø  More information about The LEAH Project at Health Resources in Action can be found at

Ø  Visit for detailed program information


The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship is committed to providing equal opportunities. We serve and partner with diverse organizations, and are dedicated to non-discrimination. It is our policy to ensure that all individuals with whom we are in contact are treated equally without regard to age, color, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or expression, or veteran status. We require that all our partners make reasonable accommodations for interviews and service for any and all individuals with a permanent or temporary disability. We actively partner with organizations representing minority concerns and interests to build high-performing teams that mirror the communities we serve.

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Arthur F. Blanchard Trust awards the LEAH Project at Health Resources in Action $1.2 Million

Contact: Lisa Aslan, The LEAH Project at Health Resources in Action, 617-279-2281 

Boston, November 2017 – The LEAH Project at Health Resources in Action received a 3-year $1.2 million grant through the BNY Mellon YouthLeaders program, funded by the Arthur F. Blanchard Trust. This initiative will provide youth with meaningful job responsibilities, promote career readiness and leadership skills, and expose youth to college and career pathways with a focus on technology.

 “Health Resources in Action is proud to support youth programs like the LEAH Project and is honored to have been chosen as a partner for this exciting initiative from the BNY Mellon YouthLeaders Program to provide Boston’s youth with opportunities to explore the technology field while also receiving much needed wraparound services,” HRiA President Steven Ridini said.

 The Leaders through Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project’s mission is to cultivate the power of youth to transform their lives and communities through science, education, and service. LEAH is a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), college readiness, and workforce development program for low-income Boston Public School (BPS) high school students of color.  

 “We are thrilled to receive this multi-year, technology-focused grant to expand the LEAH Project’s programming to technology so that our young people do not get shut out of one of Boston’s fastest growing labor markets. These funds will also enable us to provide college and career readiness to more Boston high school youth participants than ever before,” Lisa Aslan, LEAH Program Manager said.

 Through the BNY Mellon YouthLeaders Program funding and in partnership with Learn to Teach, Teach to Learn at the South End Technology Center and Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC) at UMass Boston, the LEAH Project will provide year-round internships for 36 Boston Public School high school students. The LEAH Project will also provide opportunities for youth to explore STEM topics and careers (with a technology focus), get ready for college, and learn professional skills. Youth are trained to teach STEM curricula to elementary school students at afterschool programs, take part in STEM workshops and classes, and participate in college visits. Youth develop their own STEM skills and knowledge and reinforce these skills as they learn to be teachers to elementary school students.

 Newly expanded programming for Boston’s youth will include:
- Computer science courses with BATEC at UMass Boston.
- Teaching a new technology-focused curriculum to elementary school students in after school programs developed by partner Learn to Teach, Teach to Learn.
-  Meetings with a “Technology Speaker’s Bureau”, a group of technology professionals who will share over several meetings their academic and career pathways.
-  Technology-focused internships for seniors that synthesize the professional development and technology knowledge they have gained during their three years in the program.

 With previous funding from the Arthur Blanchard Trust, the LEAH Project funded six YouthLeaders positions, including LEAH alumnus, Andrianne, who is a freshman at Smith College this fall. Andrianne had the following to say about her experience as a YouthLeader with the LEAH Project:

 “I would not be the person I am today without LEAH. On a professional level, they have taught me responsibility, dedication, and time management. On a personal level, they have given me the encouragement and support to grow and pursue my passions. In addition to being a socially conscious engineer, I hope to pave the way for future female engineers by serving as a role model to the young girls that I work with and let them know that engineering is a field that they could enter as well.”

 The LEAH Project looks forward to leveraging the generous grant from the Arthur F. Blanchard Trust to continue providing STEM career exploration with a technology focus as well as college and career readiness support to more of Boston’s high school youth just like Andrianne.

  “At BNY Mellon, we recognize that promoting pathways to STEM careers for young people is fundamental to building a workforce that is stronger at problem-solving and innovating, ultimately creating products and services that positively impact the lives of individuals and communities,” explained Vicary Graham, President of BNY Mellon New England. “Our YouthLeaders program, funded by the Arthur F. Blanchard Trust, provides a multi-year, meaningful work experience during students’ high school years that enhances their capacity to excel in both a professional and academic environment. For 23 years, the program has had an incredible impact on hundreds of students from low-to-moderate income families in Greater Boston. Nearly 100 percent of the program’s participants have graduated from high school, and 90 percent of them go on to college. We are tremendously proud of the program’s exceptional outcomes, and thrilled to partner with The LEAH Project to provide the next generation with valuable 21st century skills.”