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LEAP (Learn, Earn, Achieve, Practice)

Employment preparation for youth with disabilities

LEAP is a comprehensive employment preparation experience for youth with disabilities, ages 16-21, who attend school and are eager to work and earn a paycheck. It combines workplace and independent living skills instruction with paid work experience to provide participants with the skills they need to transition more successfully into adulthood.

Groups meet for eight Saturdays for interactive curriculum and coaching in the morning followed by an afternoon of paid workplace experience in the community. Each week, participants complete 3.75 hours of paid work experience and 1.5 hour of curriculum.

A grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation allowed us to incorporate a financial literacy component into the curriculum. You can read more about the grant here.

The program is offered in partnership with the Office of Vocational Rehabilition. Students must have an open OVR case in order to enroll.

Fall 2022 schedule has been set for Berks County. Lehigh Valley session is still under development.

Berks County Fall 2022 Session dates
October 1 - November 19

Locations
Worksite 1: OppShop (Penn Plaza, 3045 N 5th Street Hwy, Reading); see location on Google maps
Curriculum instruction: Easterseals (90 George Street, Reading); see location on Google maps

Worksite 2: Hope Rescue Mission (645 North 6th Street, Reading); see location on Google maps

Cost
Offered at no cost thanks to funding from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and donations made through the EITC program.

Register through OVR
Students must have an open OVR case to enroll.
Deadline to register: September 9
To be accepted into the program, contact:
Andrea Merrick, MSW, LSW
610-621-5814
amerrick@pa.gov

Questions?
For more information, contact:
Sandra Magaro
610-775-1431 x420
smagaro@esep.org

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