ERIC Number: ED437231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
LEAP: An Investment in the Future of At-Risk Adolescents.
Van Scoyoc, Nancy
The Leadership Education Adventure Partnership (LEAP) is a program of For Love of Children in Washington, D.C., that aims to turn the lives of at-risk adolescents toward healthy development and a productive future. Beginning at age 10, LEAP involves youth in wilderness adventure activities that help them discover their strengths and develop confidence and problem-solving skills. Starting with a 2-week summer adventure camp experience, the program continues with reunion activities in the city throughout the year, pairs youth with mentors, and stays in touch with families. Each year as youth are invited back, they are offered greater challenges and greater responsibility. The LEAP model embodies the four basic philosophies of early intervention, experiential learning, a broad-based approach, and the value of the natural world. Although LEAP youth are among the highest-risk youth in the city, those who continued in the program for 3 years or more had a 5 percent dropout rate (compared to 50 percent citywide). This report provides an overview of LEAP philosophies and procedures, discusses the context for LEAP, discusses results and the evaluation process, and presents needs and possibilities for the future. It focuses on how LEAP and its key components, especially the adventure experiential methodology, have evolved and assesses what has been most effective and most worth replication. An appendix provides a site description, a program description, and assessment tools. (Contains 18 references.) (CDS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: For Love of Children, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia