Since 2005, LEAH has impacted the lives of over 7,000 low-income elementary and high school students of color in the Boston area. LEAH provides youth and children with a rich blend of opportunities, experiences, and relationships that support and inspire them to succeed academically and to pursue their career interests. 

Our Mission

The LEAH Project's mission is to cultivate the power of youth leaders to transform their lives and communities through science, education, and service. 

LEAH is housed at Health Resources in Action (HRiA), a non-profit public health organization with a mission to help people live healthier lives and create healthier communities. 

It’s hard to define LEAH in a concise way. We stand for community, opportunity, education and most importantly growth; growth within ourselves with the help of all famiLEAH members
— Andrianne, LEAH Alum

How does it work?

  • Current mentors and staff choose new LEAH Mentors through a rigorous application process.

  • LEAH Mentors participate in an intensive training program before beginning work with elementary school students.

  • LEAH Mentors are placed in paid internships at afterschool programs where they teach STEM curricula, help with homework, and mentor Boston Public School elementary school students.

  • LEAH Mentors participate with LEAH 8 hours a week during the school year and 30 hours a week during the summer. This time is spent at after school sites throughout Boston, in academic support/homework time, and in weekly Mentor Meetings.

  • All LEAH Mentors come together to lead and participate in weekly training and team-building.

  • LEAH Mentors are provided with college counseling and help through the application process, to break down potential barriers that could stand between them and a post-secondary school education



 2017-2018 Achievements

  • 52 unduplicated Boston Public High School students were recruited, trained, and supported as new LEAH Mentors

  • 16 unduplicated Boston and Everett Public High School students participated in LEAH’s Biomedical Research Track, LEAH Knox Scholars, to learn introductory lab and research skills.

  • 1,587 elementary school students received additional science lessons and homework help from LEAH Mentors

  • LEAH Mentors were placed at 23 out-of-school time program sites throughout Boston.

  • 100% of LEAH seniors graduated high school.

  • 100% of LEAH seniors applied to, were accepted at, and enrolled in college. All seniors have between 75% - 100% of tuition covered through scholarships and financial aid.

  • 100% of out-of-school time program supervisors said LEAH had a positive impact on students in: Academic outcomes, Acceptance by peers, Attendance in program, Behavior, Interest in reading and science, and Self-concept and self-esteem.