LEAP 2021 Banner

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 five 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 1.25 hours of curriculum.

A recent grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation is supporting the program and will allow us to incorporate a financial literacy component into the curriculum. You can read more about the grant here.

Saturdays, 9am – 3pm
9:00-10:15      Interactive curriculum
10:30-12:00    Paid workplace experience
12:00-12:45    Lunch break (brown bag)
12:45-3:00      Paid workplace experience

Fall 2021 Session dates
October 9 - November 6

Spring 2022 Session dates
To be announced

We will enroll 3-6 participants for each locale. Groups that meet at a seperat location for the curriculum instruction will have transportation to the worksite provided.

Berks County:
Worksite: 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

Lehigh Valley - West:
Worksite: Wildlands Conservancy (3701 Orchard Place, Emmaus); see location on Google maps
Curriculum instruction: Easterseals (1501 Lehigh Street, second floor, suite 201, Allentown); see location on Google maps

Lehigh Valley - East:
Project Paw, community center, thrift shop and cat cafe, (452 Northampton St, Easton); see location on Google maps

Pike County:
Pocono Environmental Education Center (538 Emery Rd, Dingman’s Ferry, PA); see location on Google maps

Offered at no cost thanks to donations made through the EITC program. Students do not need to be enrolled in waiver, OVR or other funding.

Registration will begin in mid-September.

Cynthia Phillips
610-289-0114 x229

Powered by Blackbaud
nonprofit software