I think that the biggest bullies are the people who were prey in the past. I am a reformed bully, and a lot of people talk about how I used to act. It is hard to look forward when everyone else reminds me of the past. It is a horrible feeling, like having a bad credit and listening to people remind you of your mistakes. The past holds you back. This post contains three LEAP student reflection pieces about bullying.
Sanish Bajracharya is an international student finishing his graduate degree in Masters of Arts in Global Development and Peace at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He completed his Bachelors of Arts majoring in Social Work at Thames International College in Nepal. During his undergraduate career, he worked as an intern at various organizations … Continue reading Meet LEAP’s Intern! Sanish Bajracharya
Sushant Pokharel is a student of Masters in Arts of Global Development and Peace at the University Of Bridgeport. Currently, he also works as a program development intern at Leap4Change. His primary duties as an intern are to design his own Leap In Nepal and assist in the various program of the organization. Back in … Continue reading Meet LEAP’s Intern! Sushant Pokharel
Leaders Educated as Philanthropists, an expanding nonprofit organization founded by Lauren Calahan in 2011, creates a unique partnership where three disparate communities commit to act as leaders and resolve a mission of their choice. The first stage of a LEAP is the LEAP to Lead class, a 12-unit leadership training and development course centered upon sustainable leadership skills in order to cultivate the powerful leaders of tomorrow.
Every LEAP contains three partners, two of which are geographically near each other. Of the two, one is considered affluent, the other non-affluent. The third partner is a global one, located somewhere in the Third World. According to Calahan, "We did this so that each community would recognize that their story was just that, a story. Their perspectives about the other towns or communities were tainted by stereotypes and prejudices that were created long before they were born. Teens have to understand that someone will always have more or less than another, and all that matters is what we decide to do with our circumstances. What better way to discover this than working side by side, writing weekly to your Third World partners who have more limited access to education and prosperity than we have here in America, yet who have perspective and hope. Meanwhile, the Third World partner is engaged in a weekly discussion about how to strengthen their community, build a business, use writing as a venue for change and look at the American students as a resource for connections and education that they do not always have."
A need for more leadership skills and the ability to establish sustainable relationships prompted the birth of a local organization that puts a new spin on community service. Leaders Educated as Philanthropists was the brainchild of Lauren Calahan who, after teaching since graduating from college, saw three areas she could improve on in today's society.