The LEAH Project at Health Resources in Action awarded $100,000

Contact: Lisa Aslan, The LEAH Project at Health Resources in Action, 617-279-2281 laslan@hria.org
Contact: Sebastian Lena, Cummings Foundation, 781-569-2335, sxl@cummings.com

The LEAH Project at Health Resources in Action awarded $100,000
Boston nonprofit receives Cummings Foundation grant

Boston, June 26, 2017 – The LEAH Project at Health Resources in Action is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation's "$100K for 100" program. The Boston-based organization was chosen from a total of 549 applicants, during a competitive review process.

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, called LEAH Mentors.  

“We are thrilled to receive this Cummings Foundation grant to support the mission of the LEAH Project. These funds will allow the LEAH Project to expand our College Readiness Program for our Boston high school students, 85 percent of whom are first generation college students.” Lisa Aslan, LEAH Program Manager.

The LEAH Project engages low-income high school students of color from BPS to reach their college, career, and personal goals; creates pathways to college for these students; and addresses the disparity of low-income youth of color in STEM fields. The College Readiness Program will increase the college support and college visits offered by the LEAH Project as well as increase the supports offered to program alumni. By participating in the LEAH Project, LEAH Mentors sustain motivation for academic success, particularly in STEM fields, gain professional experience that increases their employability, and are inspired to pursue goals beyond high school graduation.

Recent high school graduated, Gaelle, who is heading to Fitchburg State University this fall, commented on her experience with the LEAH Project and college readiness:

Since my sophomore year of high school, LEAH has offered opportunities for me to participate in workshops on scholarships, college essay writing, and resume building. They provided one-on-one guidance about my financial and academic needs for college. These opportunities were not readily available from my school, but LEAH came to the rescue! Currently I feel confident and relieved knowing that I, a first generation student with parents who scarcely understand English, was able to go through the college application process and choose a school that is right for me. LEAH showed that they truly wanted to help me through the college process and cared for me the whole way.  

The LEAH Project will leverage the funds from the Cummings Foundation to continue to provide college readiness support to Boston Public high school youth just like Gaelle.

"Nonprofit organizations like The LEAH Project at Health Resources in Action are vital to the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work," said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation's executive director. "We are delighted to invest in their efforts."

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

About The LEAH Project at Health Resources in Action
The Leaders through Education Action and Hope (LEAH) Project is a STEM, college readiness, and workforce development program for Boston Public School (BPS) students. Established in 2005 through the Boston Public Schools (BPS), the LEAH Project has a mission to cultivate the power of youth leaders to transform their lives and communities through science, education, and service. When BPS funding ended in 2013, LEAH moved to its new institutional home at Health Resources in Action (HRiA). HRiA is a national nonprofit organization located in Boston, MA with a mission to help people live healthier lives and build healthy communities through prevention, health promotion, policy and research. Additional information is available at www.leahproject.org and www.hria.org.

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester. With assets exceeding $1.4 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including two New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date was $50 million to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

PHOTO: LEAH Mentors, Boston Public High School students, at the LEAH Project’s End of Year Graduation Celebration June 2017 (photo by Scott Eisen)

PHOTO: LEAH Mentors, Boston Public High School students, at the LEAH Project’s End of Year Graduation Celebration June 2017 (photo by Scott Eisen)

Lab Opportunity for Rising High School Juniors

Are you interested in going into a STEM field and want to have a internship in a lab?

Are you a rising high school junior? 
Do you attend Boston or Cambridge Public Schools? 
Are you at least 16 years old (or will be before July 5th)?

If you said YES to all of these questions, then you should apply to the LEAH Knox Scholars Program!

Check out the application and internship description here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3YU7eqOQ8eYZGlMPFDVopRRpBi-qn55wgGVUafoXTcL04wQ/viewform?c=0&w=1

Apply to be the LEAH Project's 2017-2018 Americorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow

The LEAH Project is looking for a 2017-2018 Americorps Massachusetts Promise Fellow! 

The Leaders through Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project, a program of Health Resources in Action (HRiA), 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 LEAH Project's mission is to cultivate the power of youth to transform their lives and communities through science, education, and service.

The Fellow will lead and enhance the LEAH Project’s College Readiness Program (CRP), working directly and consistently with 25 youth (sophomores - seniors) throughout the year. Through the CRP, the Fellow will work to increase the college-readiness of LEAH Mentors including college visits, parent engagement events, college workshops, youth orientation training, weekly youth meetings, and individual meetings with youth.

The complete service description can be found here: https://hria.org/jobs/leah-project-health-resources-action-americorps-massachusetts-promise-fellow/

Please pass along to your networks! In addition, visit the Mass Promise Fellow website for more information: www.masspromisefellows.org.

#ThankYouWednesday

THANK YOU!

Because of your dedication to providing Boston Public high school youth with after school internships, academic support, and college and career readiness training, you have helped the LEAH Project surpass its #GivingTuesday goal of $3,000.

There is Still Time to Donate!

Forgot to donate yesterday? Still want to help the LEAH Project? It's never too late.

Every dollar raised helps support Boston Public High School students with academic support, job readiness training, a teaching internship, and a safe, supportive after school environment.

#GivingTuesday kicked off the LEAH Project's Annual Appeal campaign. This year the LEAH Project has a goal to raise $20,000 by December 31st.

Donate here: http://www.leahproject.org/take-action/

Thank you for your support.

Applications for new LEAH Mentors are out!

NEW LEAH MENTOR APPLICATIONS ARE OUT!

Want to be a LEAH Mentor? Apply here.

Applications are due October 21, 2016 by 5PM

 

Who Can Be A LEAH Mentor?

·         Boston Public School Students in grades 9, 10 and 11

·         Students of color (Black/African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, Multi-Racial, etc.) are encouraged to apply

What Do LEAH Mentors Do?

·         They spend 4 hours a week in after school programs (like YMCA’s and Boys and Girls Clubs) teaching science, doing experiments, teaching vocabulary, helping with homework, and serving as role models.

·         They also meet once a week with other Mentors for academic support, professional development, and college prep. 

·         Attend college visits and participate in community service projects throughout the year.

What Are The Requirements?

·         Must be available for an interview on Thursday, November 3rd at 4:30PM

·         Training to become a Mentor will take place on Mondays and Thursdays starting November 14th through the end of December. Trainings are from 4:15pm-6:15pm at 95 Berkeley Street in Boston (near Back Bay station).

- Additional training date on Friday, November 18th from 4pm-7pm

 

·  Mentors will start working at afterschool sites the 2nd week of January, and will work until June 16th. Starting in January, Mentors will work 6 hours a week: 2hrs/day, 2 days/week at an afterschool site, and 2hrs at weekly group meetings (Thursdays from 4:15pm-6:15pm ).

 

The LEAH Project’s mission is to cultivate the power of youth leaders to transform their lives and their communities through science education and service. The program is housed at Health Resources in Action, a nonprofit organization known for its expertise in youth development that seeks to help people live healthier lives and create healthy communities through prevention, health promotion and research.

LEAH Fall 2016 Internship Position

LEAH YOUTH PROGRAM INTERNSHIP POSTING (UNPAID)

Health Resources in Action (HRiA) is offering an exciting opportunity to gain experience, provide leadership and make a significant contribution, to a youth program serving Boston teenagers and children.

HRiA’s mission is to promote the health of individuals and communities. One of its programs, the Leaders through Education, Action and Hope (LEAH) Project recruits, trains and employs low-income, people of color high school students in Boston Public Schools (BPS) to teach hand-on science lessons, provide homework help and act as role models to BPS elementary school students in after school programs. LEAH offers a web of relationships, experiences and opportunities that support and inspire low-income youth and children to succeed academically, gain greater interest in science studies and careers and gain valuable work experience in education and afterschool sectors.
           

Position Summary:

The LEAH Youth Project Intern will gain experience by organizing programs for teen participants (called, “LEAH Mentors”). With support from the LEAH Project Manager and Project Associate, the Intern will help shape and implement programming during the school year. The internship starts in September 2016 with a minimum requirement of 3 hours per shift, for an average of 8-12 hours each week. The internship will finish at the end of December 2016 (start/end dates negotiable) with the possibility for continued internship. Credit is available for this internship opportunity.

 

Responsibilities:

· Support training series for youth Mentors to prepare for work in school year programs

· Help design and lead regular weekly meetings of Mentors

· Manage The LEAH Project social media accounts

· Develop partnerships to secure in-kind donations for The LEAH Project

· Help plan events (e.g. kickoff celebration, STEM career nights, family nights)

· Provide administrative assistance to LEAH Project Manager

· Maintain relationships with Mentors and support them to grow in leadership ability, teaching and youth work skills, professionalism and academic success

Qualifications:

· Love for young people and deep belief in youth leadership

· Ability to connect well across differences (of culture, age, etc.).

· At least one year of professional or student experience supporting high-school aged youth (ideally teens from low-income, communities of color)

· Well-developed written and verbal communication skills, and strong organizational and time management skills

· Ability to work independently and take initiative

· Preferred knowledge of youth development, youth programming, education, and/or leadership development

· Passion for science and/or environmental issues is a plus

People of color are encouraged to apply. Diversity in organizational practices is a core value of Health Resources in Action.

TO APPLY:

Please submit a cover letter that includes a description of your experience working with youth and reason for your interest, along with resume to:

leah@hria.org with “LEAH Project Intern” in the subject line.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled.