Student Profile: Edson U.
Current School: Peabody Veterans Memorial High School
College Accepted: Salem State University
Major: Nursing
Years at LEAP: 2
Programs at LEAP: College Success, Brothers for Success, Teen Center
Spring is in the air, and college acceptance letters are in the mail. It’s that happy time of year when LEAP’s graduating seniors make their decisions about the next step in their academic journeys. After a year of unprecedented disruptions in all aspects of our lives, but especially for our students, seeing those letters arrive in students’ hands is a welcome return to normalcy.
I have always had a passion for medicine. Nursing will allow me to be close to my patients. I want to motivate them and help save lives."
Edson’s hard work and determination, coupled with his passion for his chosen field, are a few of the reasons LEAP is so proud of him. We congratulate him on his graduation and wish him all success as he studies to become a nurse.
“Thank you to LEAP staff Vicky Tzortzis, Teen Center Associate Coordinator, and Elvin Merino, College Success Program Site Coordinator in Peabody, for helping me with all my college essays.”
The Teen Center offers afterschool programs for local teens including free academic support, academic enrichment, and civic and community engagement in a supportive environment. The College Success Program provides students with high-quality, educational, and advisory services for career exploration, college preparation, admission, and college success.
Welcome John Dudley!
Development Director
LEAP for Education
Prior to joining LEAP, John was the Associate Director of Major Gifts for the YMCA of the North Shore. In the decade prior, John founded and ran an events services company and was Executive Director of the East Boston Chamber of Commerce. John was raised in Chelsea, MA, and now lives in Beverly with his wife, Alison and daughter, Violet. John volunteers his time as a youth soccer and basketball coach and community organizer.
Says John about his move to LEAP, “I was attracted to LEAP’s mission and its vibrant, caring and richly diverse community of stakeholders. I am eager and feel privileged to lend my skill sets, life experiences, and professional networks to grow resources for all LEAP programs, especially helping other first-gen-to-college students in taking that next step after high school."
Please join us in welcoming John to LEAP!
The Final Results Are In
Great Expectations by the numbers!
Event Proceeds
(30% increase)
Increase in
New Donors
Increase in
Individual Gifts
Thank you for your support of the event and LEAP’s mission!
LEAP for Education empowers underserved students to achieve social and economic mobility by cultivating personal, educational, and career growth.