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 six Saturdays for 1.5 hours of interactive curriculum and coaching in the morning followed by an afternoon of paid workplace experience in the community.

A grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation allowed us to incorporate a financial literacy component into the curriculum in 2021-22. You can read more about the grant here. Wells Fargo Foundation awarded another grant to support presenting the program in 2022-23.

The program is offered in partnership with the Office of Vocational Rehabilition. Students should have an open OVR case in order to enroll although funding is available for a limited number of students without OVR cases.

Offered at no cost thanks to funding from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation, and donations made through the EITC program.

Worksite 1: Wildlands Conservancy (3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus); see location on Google Maps 
May 6 - June 17 (no meeting on May 27)
9AM - 5PM

Worksite 2: Center for Animal Health & Welfare, (1165 Island Park Rd, Easton); see location on Google Maps
May 6 - June 17 (no meeting on May 27)
9AM - 5PM

To be accepted into the program, contact your OVR counselor at school

Contact: Erin Hayes
610-289-0114 x218

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 
May 6 - June 17 (no meeting on May 27)
9AM - 5PM

Register through OVR
To be accepted into the program, contact:
Andrea Merrick, MSW, LSW

Contact: Sandra Magaro
610-775-1431 x420

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