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What's New at LEAP?

Now Hiring - Join the Leap Team!

March 16th, 2022

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

LEAP Accepting Spring Applications for Junior and Senior Counselors

December 9, 2021

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

URGENTLY Hiring More Lifeguards and Swim Instructors!

March 11th, 2022

The LEAP community site needs instructors and guards to monitor Night Lessons and After-School 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 Nazair Peters (npeters@leapforkids.org).

Sign up for Julia's Run (April 30th, 2022)!

March 11th, 2022

Join us for a 5K run, 2 mile untimed walk, or Kids Fun Run at the historic Edgewood Park on Saturday April 30! Julia's Run for Children celebrates the legacy of Julia Rusinek and embraces the ideals for which she lived. The proceeds of this event will support all of LEAP's future programming. 

To register, click here.

Registration Open for Children's Spring Afterschool Program 2022 (ages 7 to 12)

December 12th, 2021

The application for LEAP's spring afterschool program 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, the Hill, or Quinnipiac Meadows). Find out more and register your child 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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