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Work for LEAP
LEAP is structured so that children are surrounded by strong role models — college and high school students trained by LEAP to be mentors, instructors, and counselors. Following our mentorship model, many children who participate in LEAP grow up to become counselors themselves, or even full-time program staff. Many LEAP counselors have gone on to become teachers, principals, elected officials and community leaders  maintaining their commitment to children from low income neighborhoods.

LEAP is committed to finding highly motivated counselors who work hard and believe in our kids. Thus, in addition to the application, a rigorous in-person interview is required. If this sounds like you, please apply!

Our Positions


LEAP Junior Counselors must be New Haven high school students 16 years old or older.


LEAP Senior Counselors must be college or graduate students in good standing at a 2- or 4-year college or university.


LEAP Swim Instructors and Lifeguards are high school or college students. 


Full time staff support LEAP’s work.


Newly hired staff can access required materials here.


There are many opportunities to help out at LEAP. 

Want to enroll in a program instead?

  • Afterschool Children's Program

  • Summer Children's Program

  • Leaders in Training

  • Aquatics

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