October 27, 2021

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

Gisady Mendoza is a chemistry major with a minor in business administration at Salem State University and a College Success Program (CSP) participant.
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October 19, 2021

Search Institute’s Research on the Importance of Relationships

Social-emotional learning and social capital are two cornerstones to LEAP’s youth success model. Discover why.
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October 19, 2021

Helping Students Recover from the Pandemic

Brookings’ article on the impacts of COVID-19 which have been most severe for those who were already the furthest behind academically—students of color and those experiencing poverty.
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July 7, 2021

LEAP Voices – A Series of Interviews with LEAP Stakeholders: Eric

Eric Roberts is LEAP for Education’s Teen Center Coordinator.
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June 15, 2021

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
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February 17, 2021

Intern Insights: A Winter Internship with LEAP

By Emma Cundari [custom_frame_right][/custom_frame_right]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,
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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,
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October 28, 2020

LEAP Student, Jeison, Shares What Learning Looks Like This Fall

Recently LEAP high-school student Jeison sat down with Teen Center Coordinator Vicki Tzortzis to talk about school, life, and LEAP during the pandemic. Their insightful q-and-a follows. VICKI: How many years have you been coming to LEAP? JEISON: I came to LEAP before it was LEAP. I started coming to LEAP officially when I was a freshman, but LEAP has been a part of my life since the fifth grade, a year after I came to this country. I went to Cyberspace with my cousins and
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October 27, 2020

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
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October 1, 2020

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.
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