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What's New at LEAP?

Join us for Julia's Run on April 23rd at Edgewood Park

March 20th, 2023

Join us for a 5k race celebrating the life of Julia Rusinek and honoring the ideals for which she lived. All proceeds go towards LEAP. Registration price goes up after 3/26 so sign up today! Registration is online only, even on race day. Sign up by 4/9 to receive a guaranteed size of a specifically designed shirt. There is a Kids Fun Run as well as free snacks, music, and prizes. Click here to sign up!  

Thank You for Making the 2023 LEAP Year Event a HUGE Success!

February 27th, 2023

Our 28th annual LEAP Year Event was a huge success, thanks to all of you! We raised significant funds for our summer program during the virtual reception auction and celebrated the community of LEAPers! Check out this article in the New Haven Independent recapping highlights from the event.

What's New at the Q House?

March 20th, 2023

Join us for the next round of FREE classes at the Dixwell Q House running now through April 15th. All classes are open to adults, families, and children. The Q House offers a variety of classes including meditation, theater, cooking, music production, yoga, and more! Click the link here to view class options and register today! 

We have two opportunities coming up! First, Friday March 24th stop by the Q House at 5:00pm for a film screening of the documentary Tell Them We Are Rising: The History of Black Colleges and Universities. Hosted by the New Haven Board of Alders Black & Hispanic Caucus, this event is free and open to the community. Sign up is requested here.

The New Haven Adult & Continuing Education Center in partnership with the Q House is excited to offer GED prep classes. Registration & Testing will be March 28th and March 29th, and April 4th and April 5th from 9:00am-1:00pm. Classes begin April 18th and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-1:00pm. Click here to see the flyer for more information. Register at the link here

Passion for Swimming? Become a Lifeguard or Swim Instructor Today

January 18th, 2023

Our aquatics program is looking to hire high school and college students to be lifeguards and swim instructors. Email our Aquatics Director, Ryan Rooks, at for more information.

Applications for Spring 2023 After-school Children's Program Are Open

January 4th, 2023

Our after-school children's program is gearing up for another wonderful spring component! The component will begin Monday, January 30th, and will run through May 11th. It will operate Mondays-Thursdays 3pm-6pm. Children must be between the ages of 7 and 12 years old and live in one of our six neighborhoods (Dixwell, Newhallville, Dwight-Kensington, Fair Haven, the Hill, or Quinnipiac Meadows. Click here to learn more. Please note that LEAP will not have programming on February 1st and February 2nd. 

All applications should be submitted by Thursday, January 26th. Applications received after this date will not be considered until the first week of programming begins. If you participated in LEAP's after-school programming in Fall 2022, you do not need to complete a new application. Please only submit another application if you have new or updated personal information.

Now Accepting Junior and Senior Counselor Applications for Spring 2023

January 4th, 2023

Apply to be a mentor for youth in our after school children's program for Spring 2023! 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. Click here to find the application for Junior Counselors. Click here to find the application for Senior Counselors. 

Applications for Spring 2023 Teen Leaders in Training (LIT) Are Open

January 4th, 2023

LEAP's LIT program is available to teens ages 13-15. It will run from Monday, January 30th-Thursday May 11th. LITs 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 exploration. Please note that LEAP will not have programming on February 1st and February 2nd. To fill out an application, please click here. You will be contacted by a member of our staff once we have received your application.

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 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.


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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