2015 LEAH Project Annual Appeal

Dear Supporter,

The Leaders through Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project is celebrating its 10th year!  Thanks to supporters like you, LEAH has been cultivating the power of youth leaders to transform their lives and their communities through science education and service for over a decade. LEAH recruits, trains, and supports underserved, economically-disadvantaged and minority high school students from Boston Public Schools to teach science and literacy skills, provide homework help and act as role models to elementary school students in Boston-based out-of-school-time programs. As part of their intensive training, LEAH Mentors learn to teach evidence-based science and literacy curricula, while gaining job-readiness, curriculum/lesson-planning, goal-setting, and leadership skills.  Mentors also benefit from program-sponsored college visits and internships in Boston’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) industries. They also participate in Career Conversation sessions with area professionals. To read more about the LEAH Mentors’ recent experiences, check out our Fall newsletter,  http://www.leahproject.org/news/

In addition to teaching an inquiry-based STEM curriculum, LEAH Mentors build caring relationships with Boston Public School elementary children (mentees). 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, just like Crystal, http://www.leahproject.org/leah-mentor-alumni/

Since 2005, LEAH has hired and trained more than 150 Mentors. Last year alone, 39 Boston Public High School students were recruited, trained and supported as LEAH Mentors.  During that time, 653 elementary school students received additional daily or weekly science lessons. And for the last two years,100% of our seniors graduated from high school and now attend college.  In 2015-16, there will be 24 Mentors at 12 Boston after-school programs. I hope you will consider making a gift to the LEAH Project and in doing so, know the impact of your support:

$50: pays for supplies for one skill-building workshop

$100: pays for two weeks of salary for one LEAH Mentor

$500: pays for 1 Mentor’s 16-hour intensive training experience

$2,100: provides 1 teen with a paid teaching internship for a full school year

Leah Deni, http://www.leahproject.org/history/, for whom the program is named and dedicated, adored her work with the children of Boston. She combined her love of science and environmental stewardship with service to her community. Ten years after her passing, The LEAH Project remains dedicated to these core values. Please join LEAH in transforming the lives of teens, children, their families, and communities. Thank you.