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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 • 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Youth Empowerment: Breaking Barriers, Building Community

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Young people are our future, and education is a fundamental building block to their success. This past summer, each of us worked with nonprofit organizations that focus on advancing educational equity for underserved youth through various modes of learning and empowerment-driven programming. We engaged with young people through structured programs that center on food justice and sustainable community development, college preparedness, disrupting generational poverty through educational activities, and connecting sports leadership to classroom success. Our panel will discuss our varied positions as educators navigating underserved communities while striving to empower young folks to reflect on their lived experiences and take action. We invite you to join us as we talk about the challenges and rewards of being educators and youth workers and how we hope to build on our summer opportunities in the future.

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Dr. Jen Matos

Visiting Lecturer in Psychology and Education, Mt. Holyoke College
I teach in the Psychology and Education Department at Mt. Holyoke College, and I offer courses on social justice issues in Education.


Jenna Hill

Callaloo for the Community: Food Justice, Civic Engagement, and Youth Education, Gender Studies Major
This summer Jenna served as the Bike and School Garden Leader for Groundwork Somerville’s environmental and urban agriculture youth jobs program “the Green Team” for high school youth in Somerville, MA. She was responsible for leading the youth crews in agricultural and environmental... Read More →
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Liz Rose

How Two Summers Changed My Career Path, Art History and Psychology Major
Liz worked with a non-profit called Elm City Internationals in New Haven, Connecticut for the past two summers. Her role as an intern included working one-on-one with the boys, making worksheets for the books the younger cohort read, helping the high school boys write social justice... Read More →
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Brandy Williamson

Harlem Children's Zone/The Power of Non-Profit Organizations, Psychology and Education Major
Imagine entering a program at the age of eight years old and then thirteen years later interning for the same program in your own community. This summer Brandy Williamson interned at Harlem Children’s zone, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of generational... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 12:30pm - 1:25pm EDT
Kendade 305