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LEAP Voices – A Series of Interviews with LEAP Students: Claudia

JUNE 15, 2021 BY Max D’Amato Claudia, College Success Program participant, Salem State University (2022) Nursing Major with minors in Psychology and Biology An interview with Claudia, College Success Program (CSP) participant, sharing tips and wisdom about scholarships. Claudia is a Nursing Major with minors in Psychology and Biology at Salem State University and a College Success Program participant. In this interview we hear how CSP has supported Claudia’s studies and journey to find the right school through guidance in seeking out scholarships, as well as hands-on assistance with applications. When did you join CSP and why did you join? […]


Intern Insights: A Winter Internship with LEAP

By Emma Cundari On the bright morning of January 4th, I sat at the desk in the spare bedroom of my home in northern New Jersey. That morning, in that room, is where I kicked off the first day of my remote Career Services internship with LEAP for Education for my English & Creative Writing major. It started with the first of many video calls with my internship supervisor, Madison Seligman, LEAP’s Career & Outreach Coordinator. Over three weeks have passed since that moment and yet, it feels as if it was just yesterday. As cliche as it is, time […]


The AmeriCorps Experience in the Pandemic

By Max Harris-D’Amato The blue glow of computer screens delivering LEAP for Education into students’ living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms, describes the typical interactions that many AmeriCorps members are having in the midst of the pandemic. For some of its programs, LEAP also runs in person classes where Corps members Evan and Maiya are seen beaming despite their masks, their enthusiasm revealed through their eyes and voices. Their improvisation and initiative reminds students that LEAP is a safe haven. Born and raised in Salem, Evan Aroko, a LEAP Hub Leader and Corps member at United Way, chose to serve the […]


LEAP's Response to COVID-19