LEAP operates a year-round academic and social enrichment program in Connecticut’s high poverty communities. College student “Senior Counselors” and high school student “Junior Counselors” are paired together to work as a team with a group of 8-10 children of the same age and sex. Children read and are read to every day and receive intensive homework help after school. During the summer, LEAP’s Senior Counselors move into donated apartments in their children’s neighborhoods in order to build strong bonds with children and their families. Through the years, LEAP has also become a leader in the field of integrating education and technology through the development of community technology centers. LCLCs (LEAP Computer Learning Center) serve as a resource for LEAP children that they access for one hour a week during the academic year and two hours during the summer. They also serve as community technology centers where parents and other community members can gain access.
Andrea Schorr has more than ten years experience working with organizations that serve communities in the areas of education, youth development, and health. Most recently, Andrea was the co-founder and Associate Executive Director of Groundwork, a new Brooklyn-based organization that works with public schools to offer summer school and after school education programs, mental health programs, and other support services to children and families in high poverty New York City neighborhoods. Prior to Groundwork, Andrea spent four years working in Washington, D.C. as a program associate with the Morino Institute, a foundation that manages Venture Philanthropy Partners, a fund dedicated to supporting organizations that work with children and families in the D.C. region. Andrea’s experience also includes program development and program management positions with Fund for the City of New York and Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), a youth development organization.
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