January 7, 2013
Simmons junior Shauna Deleon was recently named a “Difference Maker of the Week” by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. As part of this honor, Deleon was recognized during half-time at the Patriots/Dolphins game on Dec. 30.
Deleon was selected for her work as a Teaching Woman at Girls’ LEAP, where she began volunteering in her first semester at Simmons through the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service. Deleon teaches physical self-defense skills to groups of at-risk girls in Boston, and leads discussions and activities around identity development, conflict resolution, and setting healthy boundaries. Now in her third year of service to Girls’ LEAP, Deleon has become an AmeriCorps “Student Leader in Service” and will complete 300 hours of service by May 2013.
Girls’ LEAP is Boston-based nonprofit that empowers girls and young women to value and champion their own safety and well-being through self-defense and empowerment training for girls 8-18. Girls’ LEAP is one of Simmons's many important community partners, and works closely with the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change.
Photo: Patriots safety Patrick Chung with Shauna Deleon. Photo Credit: New England Patriots.