What We Do

Leap Year makes high impact in two generations by providing talented students fulfill their college, leadership, and career potential, while helping young scholars build a strong foundation in reading.

The Opportunity

Only 32% of Atlanta Public School third grade students read on grade level. A student who can't read on grade level by 3rd grade is 4x less likely to graduate high school, with only 25% of them likely to even register to take the ACT/SAT.

Meanwhile, only 1 in 4 APS high school graduates complete a post-secondary degree of any kind, and less than half of APS students who enroll in college, graduate within 6 years, yet by 2020, 60% of the jobs will require some form of post-secondary degree.

We need to ensure that our young students are strong readers who are ready for the rigors of higher education, and that there is a place to support talented students who require additional nurturance to reach their full potential as college educated community leaders.

That’s where Leap Year comes in.

Our Approach

Leap Year is improving college enrollment and literacy results in metro-Atlanta by recruiting first generation high school graduates to serve as reading coaches through our community service and college readiness gap year program.





Leap Year Fellows spend 20 hrs per week on college readiness through ACT prep, reading/writing tutoring, applying to college/FAFSA, socio-emotional learning, and taking real college classes for credit.

The other 20 hrs per week Fellows serve as part-time reading coaches at Deerwood Academy, a local APS elementary school.

Our Fellows gain invaluable leadership skills while making $550 per month, earning a college book scholarship, and helping position the next generation for future success.

Our Fellows' "Leap Year" culminates with them entering college prepared to graduate, and strengthening two generations of talented students to become the changemakers our communities need.