LEAP’s mission is to empower underserved students to achieve social and economic mobility by cultivating personal, educational, and career growth. In order to achieve this, LEAP operates free programs (virtual and in-person) for over 400 youth in grades 11 – 16 in Salem, Peabody, Gloucester, and Lynn. These are school day, after-school and summer programs.
With an annual budget of $1.5 million, LEAP fundraises to cover the expenses associated with running our high quality programs. $1,000,000 must be raised through private foundations and individuals.
What is a profile of a LEAP student?
-70% are students of color
-75% are first-generation-to-college
-80% are low-income
-33% are English learners
What do students at LEAP do?
80 middle schoolers in Salem and Lynn enjoy academic support and enrichment and begin to identify an education and career plan through career exploration activities
-Dream More in Lynn
-Expanding Horizons in Salem
275 high schoolers In Salem and Peabody engage in activities that allow them to identify their strengths and interests, lay out a more specific education and career plan and choose jobs, community engagement and courses that match their plans
-Teen Center in Salem
-Forten Scholars Early College Program, Salem
-College Success in Salem and Peabody: 70 college students receive college advising until they graduate with a post-secondary degree or credential
-All students can take advantage of year-round Career Services – mock interviews, networking nights, career speakers, job shadowing, internships and opportunities to build social capital – Salem, Peabody, Lynn and Gloucester.
Why is your support so appreciated?
LEAP staff are essential workers on the frontlines of education. COVID-19 has highlighted in a dramatic way the value that in-person learning and peer and adult relationships bring to low-income youth. At school, youth have a safe, quiet space to learn, can build important peer and adult relationships, have access to the same resources and technology as their wealthier peers and they are assured two healthy meals a day. With in-person learning rare in underserved communities and social isolation increasing among our youth, we are finding that that many of our low-income youth are falling into a widening opportunity gap.
The pandemic, racism, economic uncertainty – any one of these alone could disrupt a student’s future, but with your continued support, together, we will NOT let that happen to our kids.