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Learning and Exploring at Play—LEAP

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LEAP is currently accepting tutor applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. Please read the job description here and apply online here

What is LEAP?

LEAP engages undergraduate students in helping kindergarten through third grade students develop the language, literacy, math and social skills necessary to succeed in school. Tutors are paired individually with a child for the duration of the academic year, and spend three hours per week working with their partner to develop these skills.

While participating in LEAP, tutors are encouraged to develop teaching and leadership skills, new perspectives on education, awareness and interest in the Rochester community, and additional insight into their own paths and values. Tutors complete extensive training throughout the year to help facilitate these goals.

How does it work?

LEAP Sessions

LEAP tutors are placed on small teams (6-10 students) of under the guidance of a team leader. Each team member is paired individually with a child and the group conducts three-hour sessions on Saturday mornings. During session the Team Leader guides the group through activities while maintaining an open environment where each individual child is able to make choices and explore their interests alongside their partner.

Sessions are planned completely by the tutors and are customized based on the interests of the children in the group. Each team meets weekly outside of session to debrief, plan activities and to support each other as they work to find the most effective ways to help their specific group of children learn.

LEAP is designed to promote active learning in an environment that is open to exploration and gives children the opportunity to learn through play. Each tutor has an important role as they discover the interests and abilities of their specific partner child and encourage literacy, math, science and social development.

Classroom Assistance Time

In addition to Saturday sessions, LEAP tutors participate in Classroom Assistance Time, or CAT. During this time tutors are placed in a classroom and expected to assist and observe the classroom teacher. CAT placements are not limited to Kindergarten and Preschool; tutors can be place in any classroom from K-8th Grade in a variety of subject areas including social studies, science and special education.

How do I join?

LEAP is currently recruiting new tutors for the 2016-2017 academic year. If you would like to apply please follow this link to the application. A detailed job description can be found here. If you have any questions about LEAP  please contact Catherine Lewis in the Rochester Center for Community Leadership. Find LEAP on Facebook for more updates and information!

Community Partners

We would like to extend our gratitude towards these generous donors: Aramark, Wegmans, CostCo, and PriceRite for your generous contributions to our program!

Information for Interested Parents

Follow this link here for up to date information on LEAP.