The LEAH Project — Leaders through Education, Action and Hope

Uncategorized Posted Jun 21, 2012 by metropolis

Making sure our Boston-based students are afforded the many opportunities they deserve will take a strong network of educators, supporters and organizations – both for- and not-for-profit – committed to that end. And one such organization is LEAH or Leaders through Education, Action and Hope.

Every afternoon across Boston, LEAH mentors inspire young students in their afterschool programs. LEAH impacts the mentees, the mentors, afterschool programs, and the future of the education field. 

The org hosted their annual fundraiser last night at Bella Luna in JP and I walked away so inspired. Among the presenters were several young mentors making a huge difference already – one young woman is now pursuing her Masters in Anthropology and plans to come back to the Boston area to teach once she’s done. Another young man just finished an internship with Vertex Pharmaceuticals – and he’s only 15! (By the way, Vertex just pledged its commitment – and $1M – to Boston Public Schools earlier this week.)

Many mentors said they never really considered teaching or mentoring young people until LEAH inspired them to do so. The mentor quote of the evening may have been that there really is no other joy as joyful as the one that exists within the smile of a child!

Thanks LEAH for all you do for our kids. Today’s commitment is tomorrow’s economic and societal gain.

What local organizations are inspiring you?