North Shore Bank recently met with representatives from LEAP for Education to present the organization with a $10,000 donation. The Bank once again served as the Presenting Sponsor of LEAP's annual Great Expectations fundraising event that took place on April 6th at Danversport.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, LEAP for Education is a non-profit organization that empowers underserved youth on the North Shore to achieve economic and social mobility by cultivating personal, educational and career growth.
Kevin M. Tierney, Sr., North Shore Bank’s Chief Executive Officer said of LEAP:
We’re proud to be the presenting sponsor once again for LEAP’s 20th Anniversary Great Expectations fundraiser. As a supporter since its inception in 2002, we’ve watched LEAP grow from a small storefront across from our branch on Lafayette Street to the organization it is today - providing high quality academic, post-secondary, and career services to over 500 youth every year.” He continued, “With our locations reaching from just north of Boston to southern New Hampshire, we’re committed to sustaining our communities as great places to live, work, and raise children. This is why we support impactful organizations like LEAP for Education.
Linda Saris, Executive Director of LEAP for Education, said of the Bank’s donation:
North Shore Bank has been a supporter of LEAP programs for 20 years. In addition to providing needed funding to keep our programs free, employees of NSB volunteer their time during the year to provide career advice to our students and support other organizational initiatives including this event.” She added, “NSB has been LEAP's banker for quite a number of years and were amazing during COVID helping us quickly secure needed federal loans. You couldn't find a better partner.
In 2021, LEAP for Education served over 500 students in Lynn, Salem, Peabody, and Gloucester from middle school through post-secondary graduation. Many of the students live with a single parent in a home where English is not spoken. 88% of the children come from economically disadvantaged homes; 32% are English language learners; 70% are students of color; and 81% will be the first in their family to graduate college.
About LEAP for Education
LEAP for Education serves as a powerful, non-traditional force in education on the North Shore, improving student academic performance in middle school and high school, and helping to build the life skills students need to set their sights on college, career and a better life. For more information, visit www.leap4ed.org