About Us

MISSION

Our mission is to prepare young, talented students to reach their academic and leadership potential by attending college and breaking the cycle of poverty.

 

VISION

We envision a country where talented students with the most potential for improving society, but with the greatest risk of slipping through the cracks, are supported and prepared to succeed in college and become leaders in their communities.

 

LEADERSHIP

Staff

  • Amber Scott, Founder & Executive Director (Bio below)
  • Deshon Burgess, Union College (Intern)

 

Board of Directors

  • Benjamin Alexander, InsightFive22, Inc.
  • Mark Eley, NCR
  • Penny Goodman, Georgia State University
  • Jackie Jenkins-Scott, Wheelock College
  • Bryn Savage, Amazon
  • April Simpson, Current

 

Pilot Start-up Team

Sam Aleinikoff, College Aim
Sam Aleinikoff, College Aim
Jerry Kosoff, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
Jerry Kosoff, KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
Maxwell Smith, Teach for America – Metro Atlanta
Maxwell Smith, Teach for America – Metro Atlanta

 

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Ethan Martin, Capstone Financial
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Jasmine Payne, Atlanta Community Food Bank

Special Thanks To: Wilderness Works, our fabulous incubator, and Natalia Gonzales for the beautiful design work!

 

ABOUT THE FOUNDER

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Amber Scott, Founder and Executive Director of Leap Year, is a social innovation leader with a proven ability to combine vision and business acumen for effective organizational creation and management.  A child of first generation college students, the importance of higher education, and the power that it can have to raise a family out of poverty, was instilled at a very young age.  However, today low income students struggle to attend and graduate from college, making economic mobility nearly impossible.  Amber believes that the opportunity for higher education should be open to everyone, regardless of where you are born, so she founded Leap Year to challenge the status quo.

Amber’s passion for social justice began with a trip to Kenya. Immediately following her college graduation, Amber traveled to northern Kenya with a $10,000 grant to build two water wells in hopes of decreasing the inter-tribal violence which was occurring due to local water scarcity. After returning to the US, Amber transitioned to a job with the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta as a Project Manager for the Regional Commission on Homelessness. In this position she oversaw and implemented several innovative projects with local government and nonprofit agencies to help break the cycle of chronically homeless revolving through jails and emergency rooms.

Amber leveraged her experience with her academic training by opening her own consulting firm, Carpe Diem Consulting.  She worked as a nonprofit and social enterprise consultant following her passion for using business models to address the most pressing social issues.  Amber also serves as the Chair of the Inman Middle School GO Team and President of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance.  She holds a BA in Neuroscience from Smith College, and an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from The Ohio State University.