The LEAP Way
LEAP recognizes that:
There is a lack of access to the arts in many underserved New York City public school communities, despite the fact that necessary 21st century skills can be cultivated through artistic inquiry
Many New York students fail to succeed due to low school engagement
Traditional teaching methods alone are less effective in accessing all types of learners
We teach programs across a wide variety of mediums that integrate the arts with what we believe are essential skills for success in the 21st century: confidence, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. We call those skills the 4Cs, and they're a part of every one of our programs in both the afterschool space and during the school day.
At LEAP, we define the 4Cs in this way:
Creativity - The ability to think and work with others in a way that activates imagination and expands thinking, leading to new ideas.
Critical Thinking - The ability to reason, make judgments, and solve problems.
Communication - The ability to express oneself clearly with oral, written, and nonverbal skills.
Collaboration - The ability to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse group or individuals as a team toward a common goal, while valuing the contributions of others.