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 Our Mission 

LEAP provides educational arts programs that promote access and equity for New York City students underserved in the arts. We inspire diverse school communities to love learning and build their creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills.

We envision a city filled with creative and collaborative community members prepared to thrive in the 21st Century. We’re enabling underrepresented youth to find success in high-earning careers by building the next generation of life-long learners and innovative problem-solvers.

Over 70% of business leaders say that creative thinking is the top skill they look for when hiring. But the arts–one of the best ways to teach creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication skills–aren't always prioritized in schools. Even more so, traditional teaching methods can't access all types of learners, often resulting in low student engagement. Enter LEAP.

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