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  1. HIGHLIGHTS FROM LEAP AFTERSCHOOL

    LeAp's seven Afterschool Sites are bustling with activity! From engineering projects to computer game design, LeAp's Afterschool students are bringing arts and academics together in surprising ways each day. 
    LeAp's seven Afterschool sites:
    J.H.S. 22X (SONYC)
    P.S. 129X (SONYC)
    P.S. 228X (SONYC)
    P.S. 125X (SONYC)
    M.S. 88K (SONYC)
    P.S. 51K (SONYC)
    P.S. 163M

    Click here to learn more about what's happening at our sites!

    In addition to LeAp's six Afterschool sites, LeAp teaching artists work in Afterschool programs in many schools citywide.
  2. LEAP ONSTAGE FINAL PERFORMANCE

    Students from 10 NYC public schools, whose plays will be published by renowned publisher Samuel French, showcased their original plays and performed them at the Pearl Theatre as part of the LeAp OnStage program. LeAp OnStage, created by Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp), immerses 500 underserved and culturally isolated public school students in an interactive and 
    comprehensive theater program. Since 2006, LeAp OnStage has transformed the lives of over 4,000 inner-city middle school and high school students, by inspiring youth to actively engage with the arts and opening up college and career opportunities in theater.
    Click here to read more about the LeAp OnStage Program.
  3. LEAP STUDENT THIRD IN 
    NATIONAL AUGUST WILSON COMPETITION

    On Monday, May 2015, three LeAp students in LeAp’s August Wilson program participated in the National August Wilson Monologue Competition held at the August Wilson Theater on Broadway. Jonathan German (12th grader) from Repertory Company High School for the 
    Theatre Arts placed third out of 18 competitors in the nationals, winning a scholarship to Point Park University and $1,000 from the August Wilson Monologue Competition and Delta Air Lines. Darleny Suriel(12th grader) of Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts and Mario Escobar (9th grader) of Marta Valle High School also competed in the competition.
     
    Students from eight cities across the nation presented monologues before a panel of distinguished judges, including Crystal Dickinson, Brandon Dirden, David Gallo, and Pauletta Washington.

    Click here for more information on the August Wilson Program
  4. TOMORROW'S ENTREPRENEURS STUDENTS SHOWCASE INNOVATIVE INVENTIONS

    concepts.  This event was the culmination of the program and featured selected students from each of 12 schools who pitched their entrepreneurial projects to industry professional and potential investors and received advice on next steps for their business ventures. From “safe cups” (a cup with a temperature sensor to warn if liquid is too hot) to a “counting purse” (purse that counts how much money is in it), students presented their inspiring, useful and imaginative inventions.
     
    Click here to learn more about our Tomorrow's Entrepreneur's Program
    LeAp’s Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs program is a unique entrepreneurial program serving up to 1,500 elementary and middle school students in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx---inspiring students to dream big and create innovative, products, apps and business 
  5. LEAP OPENS FIVE NEW AFTERSCHOOL SITES 

    Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the expansion of afterschool programs to include all middle schools citywide. As part of this initiative, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development has awarded major grants to LeAp to expand programming to four additional school sites to run major afterschool programs. LeAp will be reaching students in the Bronx at J.H.S. 125 and M.S. 129, along with students at M.S. 51 
    and M.S. 88 in Brooklyn. We look forward to meeting our new students at the start of the new school year this September!

    For over 30 years, LeAp has been providing afterschool programs to NYC public school students. LeAp’s afterschool programs have been recognized locally and nationally, and all classes include arts and educational hands-on activities for students.
  6. ALLL STUDENTS BIRDWATCH IN CENTRAL PARK

    First-grade students from PS 1X in the Bronx are heading off to Central Park to go birding on May 20 as part of LeAp’s Active Learning Leads to Literacy program for kindergarten to second grade (ALLL K-2), a proven, effective, hands-on approach to teaching literacy through the arts.
     
    This nature adventure seeks to help students advance their literacy  
    skills, including science skills such as observation and classification and social studies skills such as understanding geography. The ALLL K-2 birds unit incorporates hands-on strategies which further reinforce phonics, vocabulary development, reading comprehension and writing skills.
     
    Click here to read more about the ALLL K-2 Program.
  7. LEAP SUMMER QUEST 2015 A HUGE SUCCESS

    LeAp's fourth year of its model Summer Quest Program was a great success! This NYCDOE-funded initiative utilizes innovate learning strategies and projects in order to prevent summer learning loss. Once again this summer, students were engaged in activities including exploring forests and looking for wild food sources, and learning about immigrants in Jackson Heights, Chinatown, and Ellis Island, to visiting 
    the Dyckman Farmouse to look for ghosts. All activities addressed the academic curriculum in math, science, history, reading and writing. 
    Click here for our Photo Gallery
  8. 13TH ANNUAL STUDENT ART EXHIBIT AT CITI

    On October 16th, 2014, Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LeAp) and Citi honored the young artists whose works are currently on display in LeAp’s 13th Annual Student Art Exhibition with certificates and a Milk & Cookies Opening Reception. The exhibition is hosted by Citi and will run through early January. The exhibition is free and open to the public weekdays from 7am to 7pm.
     
    The exhibition features works by students in kindergarten through 6th grade who participated in LeAp’s Active Learning Leads to Literacy (ALLL) program and in LeAp’s Summer Quest program—a model initiative selected by the NYCDOE that uses the arts to teach the academics and address summer learning loss.
  9. AFTERSCHOOL STUDENTS MEET SONYA SOTOMAYOR

    LeAp at M.S. 22 continues to provide award-winning programming to youth living in the South Bronx. 
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor takes a moment to celebrate four M.S. 22 LeAp Summer Camp (SONYC) NYC Department of Design and Construction Young Engineers at the Bronx Children Museum's sixth annual summer-long "Dream Big" initiative honoring African American musician and educator Dr. Valerie Capers. DDC Young Engineers were invited by DDC Deputy Commissioner Lee Llambelis pictured far left. Pictured 2nd from the right is long-time M.S. 22 LeAp Afterschool Program Director Monique Jarvis.
  10. LEAP GOES BACK TO SCHOOL

    Since 1977, LeAp has served over two million students and is excited to begin its 38th year partnering with NYC public schools. Now with hundreds of music, dance, film, theater and visual arts programs that all address the academic curriculum and align with the Common Core Curriculum and STEM initiatives. LeAp's seasoned Teaching Artists will be preparing to work with thousands of NYC public students, teachers, and parents throughout the five boroughs.

     
    Please click here to view our 2014-2015 program catalogue.  
  11. A NEW YEAR IN LEAP'S
    ALLL LITERACY PROGRAM

    LeAp's ALLL PreK-8 Program (Active Learning Leads to Literacy) has begun in schools all across NYC, using multi-sensory and arts-based teaching strategies involving music, drama, visual art, dance, cooking, technology, and games to successfully teach literacy, creative-thinking, and problem-solving skills. 
    Students learn how to build vocabulary, master parts of speech, drastically improve writing skills, and enhance reading ability. Every year the ALLL students improve their reading levels AND their ELA test scores more than their non-participating peers.

    LeAp's ALLL program has been cited as a model for literacy learning through the arts by the United States Department of Education and the New York City Department of Education. 
     
    Click here to read more about our ALLL K-2 Program. 
     
    Click here to read more about our ALLL 3-5 Program. 
     
    Click here to read more about our ALLL 6-8 Program.
  12. CITYWIDE STUDENT ART EXHIBIT

    LeAp's 14th Annual Student Art show, hosted by CITI, featured works by students in kindergarten through 6th grade who participated in LeAp’s Active Learning Leads to Literacy (ALLL) program, LeAp’s Summer Quest program (a model initiative selected by the NYCDOE that uses the arts to teach the academics and address summer learning loss) and LeAp Arts Residencies citywide. Ila Lane Gross, LeAp Co-Founder, said of the show, “This show demonstrates how much children can learn when taught through hands-on, arts-based 
    strategies. This approach to education captivates, engages, and effectively imparts academic skills and knowledge. I am so proud of our students. They have really become fine artists and academic scholars.”
     
    Students from all over New York City were featured in the show:
    Queens
    209Q Clearview Gardens

    Bronx
    229X Dr. Roland N. Patterson School
    69X The Journey Prep School
    218X The Rafael Hernandez Dual Language
         Magnet School
    132X Garret A. Morgan
    14X Senator John Calandra
     
     
    The show runs through January at the Citigroup Building Atrium in Long Island City, Queens.
     
    Check out the gallery from the show!
    Brooklyn
    229K Dyker
    195K Manhattan Beach

    Manhattan
    34M Franklin D Roosevelt School
  13. FIVE SIGNATURE LEAP PROGRAMS

    LeAp works in schools in all five boroughs of NYC. LeAp adapts its hands-on, arts-based activities to the specific learning style of every student. 
  14. LEAP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN FULL SWING

    vocabulary, and master grammatical structure. 

    From “Adverb Charades” and "Alphabet Hopscotch” to “Website Design” and “Doughnut Hole Objectives”, teachers are discovering innovative techniques in music, dance, theater, visual art, and cooking to literacy.

    Besides the ALLL Literacy program, LeAp works with teachers citywide, offering hundreds of professional development workshops that address the math, science, social studies and ELA curricula using arts-based strategies.

    To view about the quantitative data on the effectiveness of our ALLL programs, click here
    LeAp’s professional development initiatives are underway with classroom teachers citywide in our ALLL Literacy program.
    Not only are teachers learning to implement arts-based, hands-on strategies in their classrooms (through modeling and team teaching), but they are attending comprehensive workshops at New York University to learn new ways to teach reading comprehension, build 
  15. WATCH THE A-B-Cs OF LEAP

    LeAp has hundreds of programs with music, dance, visual arts, drama, and film. 

    In this video, made by our creative LeAp intern, you can see the extensive list of subjects students can learn through LeAp's creative teaching methods. 
    From teaching Ancient Egypt to Orinthology to Zoology, our programs help students reach their full potential. 

    Click here to see the full list of programs in our catalog.
  16. LARGEST STUDENT EXHIBIT IN NYC PARKS HISTORY

    This summer, residents all over NYC headed to the parks to support NYC students as they spoke out on police brutality, gun violence, gay rights, child neglect, racism, animal abuse, environment, family, and health through a citywide 10-park exhibition.
     
    In the Public Art Program, students transform cafeteria tables into 
    beautiful, meaningful and powerful issue-based works of art on display through the five boroughs from May to August.

    P.S. 219X

    P.S. 075Q

    P.S. 009Q

    P.S. 244X

    Click here for details of LeAp's Public Art Program.
​LeAp's Public Art Program
The August Wilson Program
Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs
LeAp Onstage

ALLL (Active Learning Leads to Literacy). ALLL K-2, ALLL 3-5, ALLL6-8
 
Click here to see our video gallery. 
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