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LEAP for Education appoint two new Board members

Salem, MA – December 7, 2020 – LEAP for Education is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors, following their appointment on December 2, 2020. Joining the nine standing members are Derek Gaskins of Marblehead, MA and James C. Rowan III of Stoneham, MA. These two new members bring a passion for innovation in education and a desire to assure equity and access to quality academic, post-secondary and career success programs for underserved youth…Read More

GHS students find opportunity at LEAP for Education

Gloucester, MA – October 1, 2020The LEAP for Education summer program was a success, with nineteen students attending the virtual internships and learning key skills for the future. The six week program provided the opportunity for students to attend workshops and work with mentors in chosen career paths, ending in a project shown on August 11th over Zoom

Read this article by Clara del Vecchio at The Gillnetter

LEAP for Education Completes Its First Virtual Summer Program In Lynn

Salem, MA – August 21, 2020 – LEAP for Education and Lynn Public Schools partnered this summer to offer a five-week program for 30 English Learner (EL) students at the Thurgood Marshall Middle School (TMMS) in a virtual Zoom-based format…Read More

LEAP for Education Wraps Up Its Virtual Summer Work Program

Gloucester, MA – August 19, 2020 – LEAP for Education is pleased to announce that nineteen students from Gloucester High School (GHS) recently wrapped up paid virtual summer internships. These 6-week internships required each student to work with a career mentor to define and complete a summer project which was presented at a Zoom forum on August 11th. Students also were required to attend 10 hours of workshops that were designed to develop workplace skills needed to be successful in a career…Read More

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…Read More

LEAP for Education Appoints Brian Castellanos to the Board

Lynn, MA – June 10, 2020 – LEAP for Education is pleased to announce the addition of Brian Castellanos to its Board of Directors, following his appointment on May 20, 2020. Mr. Castellanos, a Lynn, MA resident, brings a passion for innovation in education and a desire to assure equity and access to quality academic, college and career services for underserved youth…

Read this article at Lynn Journal

LEAP makes the jump into Lynn

Salem, MA – January 13, 2020 – LEAP for Education is kicking off the new year with an expansion. The post-secondary education and career readiness program is adding Lynn to its portfolio of cities and demographics served, with afterschool offerings being designed for the city’s Thurwood Marshall Middle School…

Read this article by Dustin Luca at Salem News

LEAP for Education is expanding its after school program to Lynn Schools

Lynn, MA – January 02, 2020 – Lynn Public Schools has taken a giant LEAP through its partnership with an organization that offers after school programming for underserved youth and English Language Learners.  LEAP for Education (LEAP) received a three-year $250,000 Catalyst grant from Boston-based Wellington Management Foundation, which the organization is using to expand its free after-school program into Thurgood Marshall Middle School, according to Linda Saris, LEAP executive director…

Read this article by at Item Live

Local nonprofits ready to support Salem students

Salem, Ma – July 29, 2019 – The staff of Salem’s nonprofit organizations are ready to launch another year of exciting programs for the youth in our city. These programs and their experienced and passionate staff take advantage of the many resources the region has to offer, including historic locations, natural resources and cultural institutions. Strong partnerships between organizations allow the city’s youth to have a myriad of experiences. Please check with each organization about their final schedules before registering…

Read this article by Erin Truex, Laura O’Neill and Elise Sinagra at Salem News

LEAP for Education appoints four new Board Members

Salem, MA – August 7, 2018 – LEAP for Education recently announced the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors, following their appointment on July 25. Joining the six standing members are Manny Cruz, of Salem; Robert Monegro, of Peabody; Constance Rudnick Grayson, of Marblehead; and Dr. Mary-Lou Breitborde, of Swampscott…

Read this article by Kyliah Almeida at Salem News, The Marblehead Reporter or Wicked Local Salem

Community comes together to help Salem students

Salem, MA – January 7, 2018 – While it takes a village to raise a child, school officials are launching a campaign to help the village with the child’s education as well. A confluence of programs are coming together in a new Salem Public Schools initiative called “Our Salem, Our Kids.” Through it, the support of the child begins at school and now, according to leaders, ends with community organizations…..

Read this article by Dustin Luca at Salem News

LEAP for Education – Salem middle schoolers focus on photography as a career

Salem, MA – December 18, 2017 – Twenty seventh-graders received a crash course in photojournalism this term at the Collins Middle School. They worked on developing their photography skills every week for two months under the direction of Amy Sweeney, director of photography for North of Boston Media Group. Photography was one of several potential careers the sixth- and seventh-graders could choose from in a LEAP for Education program at the school. Among the other choices for the school’s 400 students were Iron Chef, stress relief, yoga, electrical engineering, and a math class called “How to be a Millionaire”….

Read this article by Amy Sweeney at Salem News

LEAP for Education, history and promise

Salem, MA – Fall, 2016 – What started in 2002 as a one-room internet cafe has grown into a multi-city multi-functional center supporting students from middle school through college….

Read this article by Alexa Ogno at Education Now/Educacion Ahora

A LEAP Forward For Our Teens

Salem, MA – October 11, 2016 – As of September 19th, 2016, LEAP for Education, an organization dedicated to helping youth discover their potential, opened up a new Teen Center for Salem students. This space is designed to give students extended after school help as well as provide teens with the opportunity to meet new people and become active participants in their community….

Read this blog post by Madison Borden at Salem Digest

After-school options abound in Salem

Salem, MA – August 26, 2016 – After a phenomenally successful summer of quality academic and recreational programs for all grade levels, the staff of Salem’s youth-serving organizations are now shifting gears to be ready for the opening of school. This year brings many familiar programs and a few new ones. Please check with each organization about their final schedules before registering….

Read this column by Linda Saris at the Salem News

Salem middle-schoolers LEAP into space

Salem, MA – August 11, 2016 – Aboard the International Space Station, codes developed by middle schoolers across the country will be uploaded to MIT-designed robots. It’s a competition to see who has crafted the best code, and thanks to 18 students from Salem public schools who participate in LEAP for Education, Massachusetts is in the running…

Read this story by Vanessa Nason at the Boston Globe

North Shore schoolchildren catch invasive species to protect Great Marsh

Salem, MA – August 10, 2015 – On a day when any child would revel carefree in the grass at his feet, the cool water running over his toes and a sky full of puffy marshmallow clouds, these Salem summer campers had more serious tasks at hand. And they were on it…

Read this story by Dimitra Lavrakas at the Salem News

Salem program seeks to bridge cultural divide

Salem, MA – August 07, 2015 – Several nationalities, languages and cultures gathered at the House of the Seven Gables on Thursday, but in the midst of many differences, the goal was to find common ground…

Read this story by Dustin Luca at the Salem News

A LEAP for Success – Salem program helps students grow, one kid at a time

Salem, MA – May 04, 2015 – A framed poster of a few of America’s great successes – Abe Lincoln, FDR, Truman and Eisenhower – hangs on a wall at LEAP for Education, a Salem-based nonprofit group that helps area kids succeed in school…

Read this story by Noelle Graves at the Salem News

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