What We Do

Leap Year is improving literacy and college enrollment 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.

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The Model

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In our yearlong full-time program, Leap Year Fellows spend 20 hours per week as part-time elementary school reading coaches.

The Leap Fellows gain invaluable leadership and professional skills while they help young students improve their reading skills.


College Readiness

The other 20 hours per week the Fellows work on college readiness by taking two credit bearing college classes at Georgia State University with tutoring support, and participating in academic and career readiness workshops and mentorship.

Earning While Learning

During the year, the Fellows earn $625 per month so that they may help pay bills and contribute to their household, ensuring they have the financial stability to participate in our program.

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Their Leap Year culminates entering college prepared to graduate, strengthening two generations of talented students by providing a second chance to fulfill their college and leadership potential while helping young scholars build a strong foundation in reading.

When schools reopen in the Fall, Atlanta's low-income elementary students, graduating seniors and rising seniors will be left less academically and emotionally prepared for higher education. Given the impact of COVID-19, Atlanta’s students will need Leap Year’s intensive one-on-one academic support now more than ever and we aim to meet the growing need.