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What's New at LEAP?

Give the Gift of Reading to a Child at LEAP! 

November 23, 2021

During LEAP's free summer camp, each child got to take home 10 books for their home libraries. Help us make sure that they get at least 10 more!


If you're doing your holiday shopping, make sure to shop local at Atticus Bookstore Cafe at 1082 Chapel St. in New Haven. When you shop online or in person, add a book for a LEAP child to your cart. It's easy! Go to this link: Donate to the LEAP Book Drive and select a book you want to donate! Each book is just $4.99 or $5.99, and you can adjust the quantity as you wish. Happy reading! 

Save the Date for LEAP Year Event 2022!

December 22nd, 2021 

Join us for a special evening at the 27th annual LEAP Year Event on Thursday, February 25th, 2022, with both in-person and virtual options! LEAP Year Event is LEAP's unique fundraiser that takes place in the form of small dinners and conversations featuring experts in diverse areas, from cooking demonstrations to the justice system. With over 500 attendees and over $250,000 in funds raised for our youth programs, LEAP Year Event is our largest annual fundraiser. To learn more, click here.

Now Hiring - Join the LEAP Team!

August 19th, 2021

Want to join the LEAP team full-time? To support our upcoming expansion, LEAP has several positions open in our Programs and Development and Communications Departments. Find out what's available and how to apply here.

Registration Open for Children's Fall Afterschool Program 2021 (ages 7 to 12)

August 12th, 2021

The application for LEAP's fall afterschool program (Sept. 27-Dec. 17) is now open. The program is entirely free of charge to families. Children must be between the ages of 7 and 12 years old and live in one of our five neighborhoods (Dixwell/Newhallville, Dwight/Kensington/West River, Fair Haven North, Fair Haven South, or the Hill). Find out more and register your child here

LEAP Accepting Fall Applications for Junior and Senior Counselors

August 9, 2021

LEAP is currently hiring high school and college-aged students (ages 16-24) to work as Junior and Senior Counselors during our fall afterschool program. Check out the Junior Counselor application here and the Senior Counselor application here


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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