The Friends’ Programs

Here are some of the kinds of things The Friends of Leadership do in a typical school year:

  • Run SUMMA (SU Mentor Mentee Alliance), the Largest and Longest Running Mentoring program in NYC! (Really!)
    • From 65 to 90 mentor pairs participate each year.
    • We arrange educational, cultural and social programs and events for them throughout the year.
  • Award full Scholarships to eligible Juniors to attend Syracuse University Summer College each summer:
    • Including 6 weeks of rigorous College Classes on the upstate campus, full tuition, room & board, trips and special activities, alongside students from around the world.
    • Culminating in 6-7 College Credits and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for each student.
  • Help fund the annual high school student Musical Theater Production, as well as class trips.
  • Arrange and fund College Visits, College Prep Workshops and other Classroom Needs.
  • Provide $100 Target gift Cards to 46 individual students who are Homeless or living in Foster Homes or other provisional housing. Sadly, the number grows each year.
  • Provide various other Scholarships and Stipends.
  • Arrange and fund an Overnight College Trip in the spring to Syracuse University and another college, this year SUNY Cortland.
  • Conduct our own ongoing Fundraising to Support our extensive Programs and Activities each year.
  • Provide new MacBook laptops to each of our students who are accepted at and matriculate at Syracuse University.

And in response to the needs of the school as outlined by the principal, The Friends have also made such one-time gifts to Leadership & Public Service High School as funded new fitness and weight training equipment for the gym, an interactive video conference system, a security system for the school library, Princeton Review SAT Prep classes at school for our students, musical instruments, basketball uniforms, replacement of art supplies ruined in a flooded closet, and tickets for English classes to see a professional theater production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” while the classes were studying that play.