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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 4 hours of paid work experience and 1 hour 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
9:00-10:00      Interactive curriculum
10:00-12:00    Paid workplace experience
12:00-1:00    Lunch break (brown bag)
1:00-3:00      Paid workplace experience

Spring 2022 Session dates
April 2 - May 21

Fall 2022 Session dates
To be announced

We will enroll 8 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 1:
Project Paw, community center, thrift shop and cat cafe, (452 Northampton Street, Easton); see location on Google maps

Lehigh Valley - East 2:
Center for Animal Health & Wellness (1165 Island Park Road, Williams Township); see location on Google maps

Offered at no cost thanks to funding from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and donations made through the EITC program.

Students must have an open OVR case to enroll. Download and complete the application or contact Cynthia Phillips.

Cynthia Phillips
610-289-0114 x229

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