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What's New at LEAP?

Annual Read-In on the Green(s) Event 2021

June 14th, 2021

LEAP is thrilled to be introducing the first in-person volunteer opportunity since the COVID-19 pandemic struck. 

It will take place on Friday, July 16th on the 'Greens' of all five of LEAP's school sites. During this hour, volunteers will be reading to a small group of children, learning LEAP cheers, and most of all, inspiring a love of reading in the children! Volunteers will receive a small token of our appreciation after the event! If you're interested in volunteering to read to young children, be sure to fill out the volunteer form here!

Children's Summer Program 2021 (ages 7 to 12)

May 4th, 2021

LEAP is now accepting applications for our free summer program for children ages 7 to 12 from one of the five neighborhoods we serve (Hill South, Dwight-Kensington, Dixwell-Newhallville, Fair Haven South & Fair Haven North). The program starts July 5th and runs until August 6th. The program will take place in person, Mondays through Thursdays, 8 am - 4 pm, and Fridays, 8 am - 1 pm. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis so be sure to fill out your child's application ASAP! 

LEAP Accepting Applications for Senior Counselors
*Junior Counselor positions are full

April 19th, 2021

LEAP is accepting applications to work as a Senior Counselor for the 2021 Summer Program. The program starts July 5th and runs until August 6th. The program will take place in person, Monday through Friday, 8 am - 4 pm. Staff is currently planning for an in-person program with strict adherence to all safety guidelines. All full-time and part-time staff must receive the COVID-19 Vaccine to work for LEAP's 2021 Summer Program. LEAP will help you get the vaccine if you have not already. Senior Counselors can learn more and apply here.

The Great Give 2021

April 5th, 2021

Have you heard of the Great Give? It is a 36-hour, online-giving fundraising event for Greater New Haven nonprofits on May 4th and 5th. LEAP hopes to raise $40,000 for our return to in-person programming. Last year we had some wonderful alumni and supporters act as LEAP Ambassadors during the Great Give and the results were incredible. They were able to raise thousands of dollars! Are you interested in being a LEAP Ambassador? Contact Erin Bond at ebond@leapforkids.org. We will make it very easy for you, just get in touch!


LEAP student, Sixth Grader


“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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