LEAP Berks & Lehigh Valley

Employment preparation for youth with disabilities

LEAP is back and better than ever - learn work skills and get paid! The program is FREE this summer, but there are limited slots available so register early.

LEAP 2.0 is a 4-week comprehensive employment preparation program 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 real work experience to provide participants with the skills they need to transition more successfully into adulthood.

Each week, participants complete 12 hours of paid work experience in the community and 4 hours of interactive curriculum at one of Easterseals offices, receiving expert guidance from local business partners and Easterseals staff. On Thursdays, participants complete a service learning project at Camp Lily in the morning and then enjoy the recreational activities taking place at camp in the afternoon (e.g. swimming, arts & crafts, special events). There will be a graduation ceremony/family fun day at Dorney Park at the end of the program on August 9.

We are offering two sessions: one in Berks County and one in the Lehigh Valley.

Limited slots available - 4 per Easterseals location.
Contact Corey Nelson at 610-289-0114 x212 or by email.

FREE thanks to several generous donors! Students do not need to be enrolled in a waiver, OVR or other funding to qualify this summer.

Summer 2018 Schedule
July 16 – August 9
Monday – Thursday, 8:30am – 3:15pm

Schedule Overview
Monday – Wednesday (held at Easterseals and in the community):
8:30 - 9:30      Lesson on disability disclosure
10:15 - 12:30  Work experience at Wildlands Conservancy (Lehigh) or Opportunity House (Berks)
12:30 - 1:00    Lunch break (brown bag)
1:00 - 2:45      Continue work experience
2:45 - 3:15      Wrap-Up/Review

Thursday (held at Camp Lily):
8:30 - 9:30       Review curriculum/discuss implementation of service-learning project
9:30 - 11:30     Implement service learning project at Camp Lily
11:30 - 12:00   Lunch break (brown bag)
12:00 - 3:00     Participate in Camp Lily recreational activities

Locations – Berks County
Easterseals, 90 George Street, Reading, PA 19605
Camp Lily-Berks, Intersection of Angora and List Roads, Mount Penn, PA

Locations – Lehigh Valley
Easterseals, 1501 Lehigh Street, Suite 201, Allentown, PA 18103
Camp Lily-Lehigh Valley, 5831 Vera Cruz Road, Center Valley, PA 18034

Contact us to learn how you can prepare for your future!
Corey Nelson
610-289-0114 x212

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