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What Is The Soul Of America?

On October 17, 2020, Elizabeth Dias, a New York Times reporter published an article in the paper entitled “Biden and Trump Say They’re Fighting for America’s ‘Soul.’ What Does That Mean?”. As Ms. Dias wrote, “It is a phrase that has been constantly invoked by Democratic and Republican leaders. It has become the clearest symbol of the mood of the country, and what people feel is at stake in November. Everyone, it seems, is fighting for it.” Vicki Tzortzis, our Teen Center Coordinator, put that question to the six Salem High School students in her Social Justice class which she […]


What it is like to be a summer intern at LEAP

Being a summer intern at LEAP, as a college student is such a fruitful experience! Interns have the opportunity to work closely with a variety of teams from the organization (including, Expanding Horizons, the Teen Center, and the College Success Program) to strengthen their professional skills and gain experience in the nonprofit sector. This summer, Lenny Tejeda – a rising sophomore and Posse Scholar at Denison University in Granville, Ohio – served as the “Career and Outreach Intern” and worked directly alongside the Career Services Team. As the “Career and Outreach Intern,” Lenny supported work-based learning initiatives for English Language […]


A Reason for Hope – LEAP’s Commitment to Anti-Racist Systemic Change

Important conversations about race and social justice have been happening at LEAP among staff members and with students. While teaching and motivating young people of color to be their best and to dream big and build agency has always been at the core of LEAP programs, we know we need to do more – for both our staff and our students. Because change happens locally, we are committed to do so with very specific actions that will be sustained and continued well beyond the concern and turmoil of the current moment. Recently, the Obama Foundation hosted a conversation about racism […]