NEAD & JJA School 33 21st CCLC
The mission of the Project LEAP: Literacy Engagement and Achievement Program is to apply a holistic approach that provides engaging opportunities outside of the school day for students and their families to improve quality of life, increase academic success, and decrease negative behaviors leading to suspension and crime.
- Heritage Knowledge framework
- A positive self-concept
- Cultural excellence
- Effective navigation of the social system
- Being mentored and mentoring others
- Leadership Experiences
- Knowledge acquired in literacy
- Community engagement in curriculum and instruction
- Socio-cultural areas of learning
CDF Freedom Schools
5 Essential Pillars
- Integrated Reading Curriculum
- Intergenerational Servant Leadership
- Civic Engagement and Social Action
- Parental Empowerment
- Nutrition, Health and Mental Health
- To target African-American and Latino males in elementary school who are most at-risk of dropping out before they are exposed to years of negative behaviors and their consequences;
- To capitalize on formal and informal learning environments to build academic skills as well as confidence as learners;
- To provide individualized literacy instruction to selected students to achieve the goal of having them read at grade level by 3rd grade
- To develop families’ and the neighborhood’s capacity to better support their students through programming, mentoring, and outreach for the entire family.
Key Program Components
- A quality after-school program, meeting 2x a week for 2 ¼ hrs. during the school year.
- An individualized literacy instructional program for a subset of the students with greatest need at grades K-3 (for a total of about 50).
- Monthly “STEM Family Saturdays” where the entire family engages in learning activities around math, science and technology (for a total of 3-4 hours).
- Mentoring and educational activities for families, twice a week in the evenings.
- Two existing summer programs (one provided by NEAD and the other by the University of Rochester) to involve as many School #33 children as possible.