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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 in 2021-22. You can read more about the grant here. Wells Fargo Foundation awarded another grant to support 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.

Cost
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.

READING (BERKS COUNTY) PROGRAM
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 
October 22 - December 17 (no meeting on November 26)
9AM - 3:15PM

Worksite 2: Hope Rescue Mission (645 North 6th Street, Reading); see location on Google maps 
October 22 - December 17 (no meeting on November 26)
9AM - 3PM

Register through OVR
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

LEHIGH VALLEY PROGRAM
Worksite 1: Wildlands Conservancy (3701 Orchid Place, Emmaus); see location on Google Maps 
October 15 - December 10 (no meeting on November 26)
9AM - 3PM

Worksite 2: Center for Animal Health & Welfare, (1165 Island Park Rd, Easton); see location on Google Maps
October 15 - December 10 (no meeting on November 26)
9AM - 3PM

Register through OVR
To be accepted into the program, contact:
Cherrell Gaynor, MA, LPC, NCC, CRC
610-821-6593 

Questions?
For more information, contact:
Cynthia Phillips
610-289-0114 x229
cphillips@esep.org

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