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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 will meet for five Saturdays, May 22 – June 19, 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.

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

We will enroll three participants for each region. Berks and Lehigh Valley groups will first meet at Easterseals for curriculum instruction before going to the workplace (transportation to the worksite will be provided). Luzerne and Pike groups will have curriculum instruction in a meeting room at the worksite before the paid work experience.

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:
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

Luzerne County:
Valley Country Club (79 Country Club Lane, Sugarloaf, PA); 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.

Register online using CampDocs, our easy, secure online system. You need to use Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Microsoft Edge (not Explorer) as your internet browser to access the system. Staff are available to assist you with the online process. If you need help, contact Cynthia Phillips. See contact information below.

Cynthia Phillips
610-289-0114 x229

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