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What's New at LEAP?

Sign Up for the Next Round of FREE Q House Classes

December 6th, 2022

The Dixwell Q House offers free programming for youth, adults, and families. You can take classes including painting, fitness, yoga, cooking, and meditation. The next round of classes is from November 28th - December 24th. Sign up here today! 

Save the Date for LEAP Year Event and Become a Sponsor Today

October 31st, 2022

Join us for our 28th annual LEAP Year Event on Thursday, February 23rd, 2023, and Saturday, February 25th, 2023. LEAP Year Event is our annual fundraiser when the community comes together to make LEAP's free after-school and summer programs for youth from underserved New Haven neighborhoods possible. This year's event will have both in-person and virtual options. Ticket sales will open in late January. Click here to find out more about how you can become a sponsor. If you would like to be featured in our fall/winter newsletter as a sponsor please sign up before December 17th. Thank you!

Check Out Our 2021-2022 Annual Report

October 31st, 2022

LEAP's 2021-2022 annual report tells the story of our accomplishments in the past fiscal year. Between expanding our sites, managing programs at the Q House, and also serving more youth in New Haven than ever, there was a lot to celebrate this past year. Click here to view the report. 

Now Accepting Afterschool Children's Program Applications for Fall 2022

September 13th, 2022

Our afterschool children's program is gearing up for another wonderful fall! Children must be between the ages of 7 and 12 years old and live in one of our seven neighborhoods (Dixwell, Newhallville, Dwight-Kensington, Fair Haven North, Fair Haven South, the Hill, or Quinnipiac Meadows. The  program will run from October 3rd-December 15th and will operate Monday-Thursday from 3pm-6pm. Click here to find the application.

Now Accepting Junior and Senior Counselor Applications for Fall 2022

September 13th, 2022

Apply to be a mentor for youth in our after school children's program for Fall 2022! LEAP Junior Counselors must be New Haven high school students 16 years old or older. Senior Counselors must be college or graduate students in good academic standing at a 2- or 4-year college or university. We also accept applicants who are currently attending a trade school or who are in military training and have an open schedule to work during program hours. The program will run from October 3rd-December 15th and will operate Monday-Thursday from 3pm-6pm. Click here to find the application for Junior Counselors. Click here to find the application for Senior Counselors. 

Now Accepting Teen Leaders in Training (LIT) Applications for Fall 2022

September 13th, 2022

Apply to our Leaders in Training program for Fall 2022! LEAP's LIT program is available to teens ages 13-15. LEAP and can come from any neighborhood. LITs support junior and senior counselors by volunteering with younger children. They also receive academic support, health education, community service, and job explorationThe LIT program will run from October 3rd-December 15th and will operate Monday-Thursday from 3pm-6pm. Click here to find the application for the LIT program. 

Now Hiring - Join the Leap Team!

September 13th, 2022

Want to join the LEAP team full-time? LEAP has several full-time positions open! Find out what's available and how to apply here.

URGENTLY Hiring More Lifeguards and Swim Instructors!

March 11th, 2022

The LEAP community site needs instructors and guards to monitor Night Lessons and Summer Camp Swim Sessions. We are mostly looking for certified lifeguards, but we can also offer Lifeguard certification to those who are interested. All applicants must be fully vaccinated (with booster). 

If you are interested, please contact Tina Sapiente (tsapiente@leapforkids.org).

PAYTON

LEAP student, Sixth Grader

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“LEAP has made me a better reader. I love reading with my counselors, and I’m also so excited that LEAP gave me books to bring home because before all I had was baby books.” 

 

To improve their literacy skills and close the achievement gap, LEAP kids read an average of 17 books every summer and get to keep 5 books for their home libraries. Payton shares her new books with her three siblings.

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