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Julia's Run for Children 2021 (Virtual)

April 6th, 2021

We are pleased to share that Julia’s Run for Children will be happening again on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 10 am.

For the safety of all involved, it will occur virtually, with everyone completing the popular 5k on their own special route. Participation in any form is welcome… you can run, walk, bike or even swim! Though there’s an official start time of 10 am, we have people tuning in from around the world. So feel free to join anytime, anywhere and any way! There is no registration fee! We hope you will consider making a donation to LEAP through the Julia Rusinek Memorial Fund or LEAP's Website. Click here for the event facebook page.

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 5th and 6th. 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!

Now Open: Children's Program (ages 7 to 12)

January 25, 2021

LEAP is now accepting applications for our free spring afterschool program for children ages 7 to 12. The program starts January 19th and runs until May. The program will combine in-person and online activities. You can learn more about our safety rules and what the program will entail as well as fill out an application online by clicking here.

Now Hiring: Development Database Associate

February 5th, 2021

LEAP is seeking a committed, highly motivated individual who is excited to join a hard-working mission-driven Development team as our Development Database Associate. The Development Database Associate is an integral part of the fundraising team, participating in the implementation of a development program to help support LEAP’s $3 million annual budget. As the Development Database Associate, you will be primarily responsible for managing our donor database.This is a full-time, 40-hour per week position. View the full job description here.

Leaders In Training (ages 13 to 15) - FULL

January 25, 2021

[LEAP's LIT spring program is now full. Check back in the spring for summer registration!] LEAP is now accepting applications for our academic year Leaders In Training program for teens ages 13 to 15.  The program will combine in-person and online activities. You can learn more about the program, including our safety rules and what the LITs will be doing as well as fill out an application by clicking here.

Buy a Book for a LEAPer with Atticus!

November 25, 2020

Buying books for the holiday season? Make sure to shop local with Atticus Bookstore Cafe in New Haven. While you shop safely online, add a book for a LEAP child to your cart. It's easy!


Go to this link here: https://atticusbookstorecafe.shop/collect.../childrens-books and select "Donate to the LEAP Book Drive". Each book is just $4.99, and you can adjust the quantity as you wish. Happy reading!

A Message on the Killing of Mr. George Floyd

May 27, 2020

Click for a message from LEAP's Executive Director on the killing of Mr. George Floyd. 


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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LEAP is an academic and social enrichment program providing mentoring for children, teens and young adults, ages 7 to 24. 

31 Jefferson St.

New Haven, CT 06511

Phone: 203-773-0770

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