Lebanon

The LE.O Community is devastated by the news from Lebanon, so many of our families and friends have been impacted, and this added to the already disastrous economic and political state of affairs. Next week marks our 6th year anniversary, we had planned to write to you to share our …

LE.O In Pictures

Dear Friends, This month we would like to celebrate the fact that LE.O exists thanks to each one of you, the members of our LE.O Community. Without your drive, dedication and hard work, LE.O would never have been founded, it would not exist. And without your participation, it would not …

How are we managing and what’s new.

Our schools in the US have announced that they will be offering hybrid solutions for education this coming Fall, offering both on-campus and on-line options and the ability to live on campus, The new school year will start early and end early this semester. The schools “ back Home” have …

Graduation 2020

On behalf of all of us at LE.O, we wish you good health and high spirits. We invite you to celebrate with us the tremendous achievements of our scholars graduating this Spring. We couldn’t be prouder of our scholars and more honored to serve them. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, …

In these unique times

Dear Friends, We wanted to update our donors, supporters and friends, on how our LE.O Community has been managing in these uncertain times. We think it is crucial to take this opportunity to reflect on the fact that while everyone is at risk at times of global crises, the most …

Proud of our achievements

We continuously reflect on the work we do at LE.O., the reasons behind establishing this program, the tremendous challenges the Palestinian youth we work with continue to face and overcome, and ultimately our purpose. Are we doing enough? Are we doing it right? What processes can we include to truly …

March News Letter 2019

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Call for Applications

LE•O Mentorship and U.S.–based Scholarship Program Call For Applications About the Program The Leonard Education Organization (LE•O) is pleased to announce a Call for Applications from Palestinian high school students who would like to pursue U.S.-based scholarships for the academic year beginning in fall of 2020. The program offers qualified …

Winter Newsletter 2018

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In the Spirit of Keeping Hope Alive

On behalf of the students, board members, volunteers, and staff at LE•O, we wish you and your families a Happy Holiday Season and a peaceful New Year. We are committed to continuing our essential work by opening doors to a brighter future for Palestinian refugee youth living in Lebanon, Jordan, The West Bank, and …

Giving to LE•O

If you were to give a bright marginalized Palestinian child a $50,000 gift for their college education, they would have just that. If you give $50,000 to Leonard Education Organization (LE•O) that gift will become at least $175,000 in tuitions for three bright marginalized Palestinian students, plus systemically influence thousands …

Filling the Funding Gap

LE•O supports two groupings of Palestinian students: LE•O Scholars who receive the lion’s share of our scholarship dollars, and LE•O Student Service Recipients (39 in all) who receive guidance, guardianship, soft skills development some financial assistance to fill their scholarship “Funding Gap.” It is important for our donors and supporters …

How this mentoring program is empowering young Arab women

As part of the Big Sister/Little Sister program, girls 18-25 years old in the Gaza Strip and Beirut can choose a successful Arab businesswoman who lives either in an Arab or other foreign country as a big sister. They can consult with their big sisters by videoconference about the most …

Service Award Received

The Friends of the Rene Moawad Foundation (RMF) held their 22nd annual benefit gala on Oct. 23 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC. The proceeds from this year’s gala were allocated to RMF’s vocational school, which provides alternative education as well as healthcare services to the needy. Master of …

Investing in the Leaders of Palestine’s Future

LE•O’s core mission is to invest in the education of outstanding and successful leaders. For many Palestinians, international scholarships have been the key to success. Though rare and increasingly difficult to secure, academic scholarships have allowed underprivileged Palestinian students to thrive and become distinguished leaders in their fields and their …

A Heartfelt Thank You!

Article published on APWA This past year, APWA supported and funded Leonard Education Organization (LEO), a woman run non-profit NGO. LEO facilitates the US college admission and matriculation of Palestinian youth. A Heartfelt thank you! I wish to offer American Palestinian Women’s Association (APWA) our appreciation for supporting Leonard Education Organization (LEO), whose …

7 Tips for Arab Students Studying in America

Article published on Arab America BY: Deya’ Dresner/Contributing Writer As an Arab student, there are many ways to get the most out of your US college educational experience. For many years now, nations have encouraged their best and brightest youth to pursue study opportunities in foreign lands. This has proven to …

Wishing you all a Peaceful and Happy Holiday Season

On behalf of all of our Team, scholars and board members at the Leonard Education Organization we wish to thank you for your support this past year.   As we, review, prepare, and support the next round of applicants I can’t help but reflect on all that we have achieved …

New Partnerships for a Brighter Future

  We recognize that the future of Palestine is in its villages, cities, and refugee camps. LE•O strategically cultivates experienced grassroots partners that identify and help prepare promising students, especially students from underserved communities that represent all genders, religions, and cultural backgrounds. Over the past three months, we have been …

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 …

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 …

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. Thaki.org

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 …

LE•O Scholar UPDATES

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 …

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 …

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 …

LE•O Scholar Updates

Mohammad Noubani  is shadowing a neurosurgeon. He transferred to the University of Rochester (New York) last fall from the American University of Beirut so he could study neurosciences. Mohammad is a star student with a 3.93 GPA and is doing very well. He writes, “My first semester at University of Rochester …

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 …

501(c)(3) Application Awarded

April was a very positive month for LE•O. We received our 501(c)(3) status! Funding for the application came from a gift provided by the Fairfield Mennonite Church.  Our corporate counsel, Steve Baldridge, worked with LE•O Secretary Andy Wolfe to complete and file the paperwork. All gifts to support LE•O are tax deductible to …

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 …

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 …

LE•O Winter Newsletter

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