Since 2005, LEAH has impacted the lives of over 5,000 low-income elementary and high school students of color in Boston Public Schools. 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. 


Our Mission

The Leaders through Education, Action, & Hope 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, 2nd year Mentor

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 children.

  • Mentors are placed in paid internships at afterschool programs where they teach evidence-based science curriculum, tutor and mentor Boston Public School elementary school students.

  • Mentors work afterschool for approximately 6 hours every week. This time is split between being at after school sites throughout Boston and weekly Mentor Meetings

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

What We've Achieved in 2016

  • 45 Boston Public High School students were recruited, trained, and supported as LEAH Mentors
  • 1,178 Elementary School students received additional daily or weekly science lessons
  • Last year 100% of high school seniors graduated and now attend college.
  • 100% of after school 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.