Community and Civic Engagement

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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Paying It Forward – A Lesson For All

Speech delivered by Linda E. Saris, Executive Director of LEAP for Education Great Expectations, 15th Anniversary Fundraiser April 4, 2017 In 2000, a movie called Pay it Forward came out and was based on a novel by the same name written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. In this the book a social studies teacher challenges his class with this assignment, what if the world is just a big disappointment unless you take the things you don’t like about this world and you flip them upside down and
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