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Challenge to Change Partners with LE•O

Challenge to Change is a Swiss Non-Profit Organization founded in 2014 to raise awareness on mental health among women in the Middle East through the sharing of digital content and through running online and on the ground interactive programs. Challenge to Change empowers women so that they may take on the stigma relating to mental…

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One Year Anniversary of LEO

In the middle of August we celebrated the one year anniversary of the Leonard Education Organization! Established by a dedicated and experienced American Palestinian woman, in honor of her father’s lifelong work in the field of education, LE•O’s mission is to support the education of Palestinian youth in order to provide a sustainable future for…

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Dr. Graham Leonard @ 90

Dr. Graham Leonard and Deya’ Leonard Dresner Dr. Graham Leonard is the man for whom we named our education organization. He has made the education of Arabs his life’s work with the primary focus on the education of Palestinians and to this day devotes half of each year to this work. These days, Graham travels…

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Welcome New LE•O Scholar

Marah Abdin Marah Abdin to attend University of Rochester I was born to a Palestinian family in the city of Jerusalem. Throughout my life, even though my parents never got the chance to attend college, my two sisters and I have always been raised to put education before anything else and to understand that it…

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Mohammad Noubani  writes: My semester was thankfully great but very cold. During the semester, I shadowed a neurosurgeon as you know and I was busy with studying gym and reading. As for this summer, I will be working in a library and will be participating in a community service project. I will also work with Professor…

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Spotlight on LE•O Service Recipient

Ahmad Al-Fakeer My name is Ahmad Al-Fakeer, a Palestinian refugee from Lebanon. I finished the International Baccalaureate program at Red Cross Nordic United World College in Norway. I got accepted with a full scholarship at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. In my freshman year at Methodist University, I was not fully focused on studying,…

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Special Thanks to our partner Thaki

A few months back LE•O scholar Yazan’s old computer broke down in the middle of his exams. LE•O partner THAKI responded quickly and supported his need by providing him with a brand new HP laptop! They are also generously suppling computers for our scholars this fall.

A Letter from Board Member Fred Rogers

I was first exposed to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict when I was evacuated out of Beirut where I was a boarding student at the American School in June 1967. I came back to graduate the next year and later did a year at the American University of Beirut, beginning in what came to be known as…

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LE•O Board Meeting

The meeting was conducted by teleconference with all board members present. Deya’ Dresner was elected chairman, Andy Wolfe was elected Secretary/Clerk, and Fred Rogers Chair of the Nominating Committee. The Board will meet in May, November, and July with July being the Annual Meeting. Additions to the bylaws were discussed and by consensus it was…

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Our partner ULYP to receive an award in Washington, DC, April 19.

The Arab American Institute Foundation, is presenting the 2016 Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Award for Institutional Excellence to LE•O partner ULYP at their annual gala on Tuesday, April 19th at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The Gibran Awards program celebrates individuals and organizations whose work reflects the ideals of the great Lebanese-American…

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