How Do We support Children And Youth in Achieving success?

Language Empowers All People

LEAP was born to empower children, teens and young adults from under-resourced Black and Brown communities with an opportunity to work on the communication skill sets so essential to reaching their personal academic and social goals.

After first working with children whose families lived in Chicago Housing Authority residences, noted speech language pathologist Dr. Katie Gottfred, Ph.D., and her colleague, Dr. John Lybolt, Ph.D., subsequently decided to dramatically expand LEAP’s impact by training numerous teachers, tutors, and other educators on how to engage students in carefully structured, research-based lessons and activities that would build their critical oral and written language skills.


LEAP continues to carry out its mission in classrooms across Chicago

More than 75% of LEAP’s revenue comes from the generous support of local foundations, corporations, and individuals who realize that their investment will yield life-changing benefits for students touched by LEAP’s programming.

Our Programs

We Offer Age-Appropriate Language Programs

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Your Support Will Help Chicagoland Children and Youth

We empower kids to make the right choices. Your investment will yield life-changing benefits for students touched by LEAP’s programming. More than 75% of LEAP’s revenue comes from the generous support of local community businesses. Your donation will help inner city kids.

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Get Involved with LEAP

LEAP partners with Educare West DuPage to deliver Parent Workshops that promote language development and learning for childen.

Read the Full Case Study History about this impactful collaboration

We are impacting lives through language. We are reaching teachers and low resource students and families, through cutting edge language and literacy development programs.


Proven Success Stories. LEAP’s programs are proven to accelerate self-confidence and fullfillment in children, parents, and educators.



Share with us the work you’ve been doing!

“Organizations like LEAP are essential toward preparing students for 21st century post-secondary pathways. At Intrinsic Schools, we value greatly LEAP’s commitment to this preparation, and as a result of their programming we have seen real growth in our students’ ability to represent themselves publicly.”
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Join Us

Volunteering with LEAP is a meaningful way to invest in your community. It can also be very educational as you experience some of the best language and literacy development programming in the country in action.

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