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LEAP Program

What is Learn, Earn, and Prosper (LEAP)?

LEAP (Learn, Earn and Prosper) is a program designed to provide youth who are blind or visually impaired with opportunities to develop independent living and employment skills to prepare them for successful transitions into adulthood.

LEAP is a four week summer residential program coordinated by the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC). Crew members develop employment skills while working four days each week in vocational training programs at ReSOURCE in Burlington. The crew members, as well as two adult crew leaders, live together in a nearby apartment. While living and working together, all crew members contribute to meal preparation and other group tasks and chores, use public transportation, participate in community service projects, and engage in recreational activities.

Linking Learning to Life staff meet with LEAP crew members weekly and carry out various career exploration activities that supplement their work experiences at ReSOURCE. Through a series of lessons and activities, LEAP crew members explore their individual personality traits, values, career interests, and set goals for the future. Linking Learning to Life staff also provide follow-up support related to employment and career exploration to LEAP crew members after the conclusion of the program.

LEAP is a partnership of Linking Learning to Life, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, ReSOURCE, State of Vermont Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Vermont Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Vermont Association of Business Industry and Rehabilitation,
and The Gibney Family Foundation.

For more information, please contact Megan Johnston at 802-951-8848 or
mjohnsto@bsdvt.org.

Visit the LEAP website

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