April 19, 2023

Closing the Opportunity Gap

In education, we often hear about the “achievement gap” among different student populations – but what about discrepancies in opportunities? At LEAP for Education, we’re trying to bridge the gap between privileged and underprivileged students by providing all students with access to the educational resources they need to achieve their goals.
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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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June 16, 2020

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
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November 28, 2010

Navigating the Judicial System For Latino Youth

I have proudly called myself a feminist, coming of age in the 60’s with Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinham as my guides. I remember going around my new neighborhood on the North Shore after we bought our first house, raising money for the nascent HAWC, proud to be able to support a safe haven for abused women.  I stood and applauded the new legislation on domestic abuse as it got tougher due to the efforts of our citizens and legislators. And, like so many, I cry
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