Since 2005, LEAH has impacted the lives of over 6,000 low-income elementary and high school students of color in the Boston Public School system. LEAH provides low-income 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.
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.
How does it work?
Current mentors and staff choose new LEAH Mentors through a rigorous application process.
Mentors participate in an intensive training program before beginning work with Elementary and Middle school students.
Mentors are placed in paid internships at afterschool programs where they teach STEM curricula, tutor, and mentor Boston Public School elementary and middle school students.
Mentors participate with LEAH afterschool for 8 hours every week. This time is spent at after school sites throughout Boston, in academic support/homework time, and weekly Mentor Meetings.
All Mentors come together to lead and participate in weekly training and team-building.
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
Internships and career training workshops prepare LEAH mentors for work in the real world
WHY WE ARE IMPORTANT
DATA, NUMBERS, PERCENTAGES--ALL THE REASONS WE DO WHAT WE DO
OUR FOUR STEM FOCUS AREAS
- 51 unduplicated Boston Public High School students were recruited, trained, and supported as new LEAH Mentors
- 1,587 elementary school students received additional science lessons and homework help from our LEAH Mentors
- Our mentors were placed at 58 new internships and 5 externships
- In the 2017-2018 school year LEAH worked at 20 unduplicated sites
- Summer 2018, LEAH mentors worked at 8 sites throughout Boston
- 100% of high school LEAH seniors graduated and now attend college with 75% or more of tuition covered
- 100% of afterschool 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.