The Literacy Enrichment After-school Program (LEAP)
provides homework assistance, computer literacy, and library skills for students in grades 1-12, and daily literacy enrichment activities for elementary school students. LEAP is in operation after school Monday-Thursday from September to June at all Free Library neighborhood libraries and Parkway Central Library, and Tuesday-Friday in the three regional libraries.
LEAP activities and programs promote traditional literacy as well as literacy in science, technology, and cultural arts. LEAP also introduces students to the many Library resources and materials that are available, free of charge, to help them with school assignments, applying to college, and eventually securing meaningful employment. Homework Help online is powered by Brainfuse and can be found here. In addition to encouraging academic achievement, LEAP also fosters a safe and supportive, non-judgmental zone for children and teens.
College-educated After-School Leaders (ASLs) head the After-School Team in each Free Library under the supervision of the librarians and library staff. Each school year the Free Library also employs approximately 150 high-school students as Teen Leadership Assistants (TLAs) and eight college students as Associate Leaders (all of whom are former TLAs) to support the LEAP program. All LEAP staff members receive a minimum of 10 hours of orientation training prior to their placement, and an additional 18 hours of continuing education throughout the year. This multi-tiered employment model has been lauded nationally and reflects the Free Library's commitment to mentoring and positive youth development.
LEAP is a free, open, drop-in program, so no registration is necessary. For more information, please contact your local library or The Office of Public Service Support (215-686-5372).
LEAP 2012-13 is made possible with generous support from community partners including the City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Bank of America, The Connelly Foundation, The David R. and Patricia D. Atkinson Foundation, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, The Merck Company Foundation, Morgan Stanley Foundation, Patriarch Family Foundation, Philadelphia City Institute Board of Managers, and Pine Tree Family Foundation.