Applications are OPEN for youth to join the LEAH Project!

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The LEAH Project is a year-round internship program for Boston Public School (BPS) high school students to explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics and careers, get ready for college, and learn professional skills. Youth are trained to teach STEM curricula to elementary school students at Boston afterschool programs. Youth take part in STEM workshops and classes, meet weekly for professional development workshops and opportunities, and attend college visits. Youth develop their own STEM skills and knowledge and reinforce these skills as they learn to be teachers to elementary school students. LEAH youth plan and implement workshops for their peers, work with LEAH staff to plan and lead events, and increase their youth leadership roles within the program.

LEAH youth work at afterschool and summer camp programs close to their homes or schools teaching STEM lessons to elementary school students (you will be trained in these). When not teaching STEM lessons, youth serve as junior staff, for example, planning fun learning activities and serving snack to the kids.

The program is now recruiting for this school year with youth continuing with LEAH into next summer. Youth can earn up to $4,600 in stipends in total over the school year and summer. 

Applications are due October 9th at 5 pm

The application can be found here:

https://goo.gl/forms/TxKtvM6aOvCZoewJ3

Health Resources in Action Awarded NIH Grant for New Hands-on Biomedical Research Education for High School Students

Boston, September 7, 2017 – Health Resources in Action has received a five year, $1.25 million Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) to expand its LEAH* STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education program for Boston and Cambridge public high school students. Health Resources in Action (HRiA) has partnered with the Boston Private Industry Council and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to provide opportunities for high school students to get a head start towards careers as leaders in biomedical research. 

HRiA’s LEAH project (Leaders through Education, Action and Hope) is a STEM, college readiness, and workforce development for Boston public school students. “We are thrilled to receive this NIH grant to support the mission of the LEAH Project. These funds allow the LEAH Project to provide hands-on lab experiences for our high school students, many of whom do not have science labs in schools,” commented Lisa Aslan, LEAH Program Manager.

The new, SEPA -funded, LEAH Knox Scholars program offers two years of support for high school students that include:

  • Training in biology lab skills through a 4-week lab experience at MIT as rising juniors.  
  • STEM teaching and mentorship for elementary school students through the LEAH program.
  • Summer research internships throughout Boston’s world-class research labs as rising seniors.
  • College admissions counseling through LEAH.

A 2016 report published authored by Robert Sege, MD, PhD,  HRiA’s Chief Medical Officer, reported that only 1% of NIH award recipients are Black scientists, and traced the under-representation all the way back to high school. Based on this insight, the LEAH Knox Scholars program will provide minority students with the solid foundation needed to continue their science education in college and beyond. Sege commented: “The LEAH Knox Scholars program exemplifies HRiA’s commitment to racial equity, and our close ties with area universities and hospitals.”

Knox Scholars is named after William J. Knox, the grandson of slaves, who went on to earn degrees from Harvard and MIT.  He contributed to the Manhattan project and had a productive career at Eastman Kodak.  “My grandfather [Dr. Knox)] had to sleep in the kitchen at Harvard, because Black men were not allowed in the dorms,” said Dr. Lynn Porter, a Boston pediatrician and advisor to the program.

This summer, HRiA and MIT enrolled 16 high school students in a LEAH pilot. This first cohort and their families were welcomed to the program by Nobel Laureate Phil Sharp, MIT biology department Chair Alan Grossman, Bob Sege and Lynn Porter. Phil Sharp reminded everyone that "a college education is a path to freedom". The students completed the pilot summer lab course, under the direction of Drs. Mandana Sassanfar and Vanessa Cheung at MIT.

*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.  LEAH joined HRiA in 2013.  HRiA is a national nonprofit public health institute 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.

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.