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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Friday, October 20 • 4:45pm - 5:40pm
Youth Empowerment and Engagement within the Nonprofit Sector

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As a group of activists, our themes diverged but centered around youth engagement and utilizing the spaces in non-profit organizations to empower young people to advocate for their educational opportunities. All of us worked with marginalized youth who were of low-to-middle-income status, of mixed racial and ethnic backgrounds, and whose ages ranged from infancy to their early twenties. Motivated by social justice, we all searched for optimal personal and social impact in communities. Key Estime worked at Railroad Street Youth Project in Massachusetts, developing, coordinating, and facilitating alternative educational curriculums within a program. Selena Wong taught at the Berkeley Academic School for Youth, developing novel ways to provide an interpretive framework for young people to value entrepreneurship and understand what it means to create a start-up. Angela Hamati, who interned at The Children's Museum in Jordan, worked on developing marketing and communication strategies to increase youth presence at the museum. Finally, Epyana Smith interned at the Arts of East New York, participating in organizing that was committed to presenting, promoting and preserving multicultural arts as a way to address socioeconomic issues that hinder the growth and development of the East New York community. Everyone worked to expose the impact of poverty, sexism and racism using education in financial literacy as a method of attaining self-awareness and power within the community. We empowered youth through existing non-profit structures so that engaging with citizens' voices and stories is priority, the profits secondary.


Joshua Roth

Prof. of Anthropology and Asian Studies, Mount Holyoke College
Joshua H. Roth grew up in New York City, the son of two painters. He is the author of Brokered Homeland: Japanese Brazilian Migrants in Japan(Cornell University Press in 2002), winner of the 2004 Book Award in Social Science from the Association for Asian American Studies. More recently... Read More →

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Key Estime

The RYSE Program, Undecided
Key Estime is a first-generation, low-income student who has been involved in a local non-profit youth empowerment organization for seven years. As a high school graduate, Key could not afford private college. However, with the support of a mentor, they chose a community college to... Read More →
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Angela Hamati

Cultivating Curiosity for Education., Economics and Nexus in Non-Profits Major
The increase in immigration rates and refugee populations led to my enthusiasm towards getting involved in non-governmental organizations and specifically focusing on advocating for the well-being and education for all ages. During summer, I interned at The Children’s Museum Jordan... Read More →
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Epyana Smith

Psychology and Africana Studies Major
For the summer of 2017, Epyana Smith worked on the development team at a nonprofit organization named “Arts East New York” (AENY). AENY is based in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. AENY looks to support East New York through the arts; its mission is rooted in the... Read More →
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Selena Wong

Encouraging Innovation in Youth, Economics Major
This summer, I served as a teacher’s assistant for the Berkeley Business Academy for Youth. In teams, my students were able to develop business plans for independent start-ups with capital for a product of their own innovation. For many students, this was the first opportunity they... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 4:45pm - 5:40pm EDT
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