L.E.A.P. Career Center Coordinator Emily Walter will connect Washington County Employers and Job-Seekers

  L.E.A.P. would like to introduce Emily Walter, in the newly-created position of Career Center Coordinator.  Located in Fort Edward, L.E.A.P. is a non-profit community action agency that serves all of Washington County and has been aiding individuals and families in defining and reaching their goals economically, educationally, and more for over 50 years.  Our […]

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Spotlight on L.E.A.P. Head Start Staff Member Felicia Wells

Felicia Wells is a Teacher’s Aide at L.E.A.P. Head Start River Street Center, in the Early Head Start Star Room. When Felicia was in 10th grade at Fort Edward School, she heard about L.E.A.P.’s Summer Youth Employment Program on the loudspeaker.  She went to her guidance counselor for an application, and was accepted into the […]

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L.E.A.P. Remote Services Update

(This blog post was initially published 12/14/2020, was updated 1/6/2021, and has now been updated again 2/2/2021)   Due to the increase in community cases of COVID-19, L.E.A.P. will continue our remote program services until February 22, 2021, and will re-evaluate at that time. With an abundance of caution and a deep sense of responsibility […]

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Local Food Pantries

L.E.A.P. will be closed Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021.  If you or anyone you know is in need of emergency food assistance during that time, the following is a list of local food pantries, current as of July 2020.  Please contact these organizations directly to verify hours and locations. Local Food […]

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Make Your End of Year Donation to L.E.A.P.!

Dear Friend of L.E.A.P., We’re not going to sugarcoat it; this year has been incredibly hard for L.E.A.P. During the past nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to provide Learning, Employment, and Assistance has been challenged, and our staff certainly rose to the challenge.  Partnership is now more important than ever, and we […]

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L.E.A.P. Makes A Difference: Feedback from Clients, Parents, and Partners

L.E.A.P. staff get to see the incredible impact of our programs and services each day!  Would you like to read some of the feedback we’ve received in the past year? To view these comments and more, please click this link for the two-page document:  Feedback about L.E.A.P. 2019-2020 “I went to the L.E.A.P. office, and […]

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Please support L.E.A.P. on Giving Tuesday!

Please consider supporting L.E.A.P. on Giving Tuesday. This year, Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  L.E.AP.’s theme for Giving Tuesday this year is “L.E.A.P. More Than Ever!” Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. This year, on Giving Tuesday, our most vulnerable community […]

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L.E.A.P. Head Start Program Director Patricia Salvarezza has been with the program 33 years, a dozen other staff members have a decade or more of dedicated service

As Head Start Awareness Month comes to a close, we’d like to tell you about over a dozen staff members that have been with L.E.A.P. Head Start for a decade or longer!   Yes, that’s impressive!  Why does it matter? Staff longevity and retention means that children will receive consistent education and support from qualified […]

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L.E.A.P. Executive Director Traci Ross featured on LookTV 10/12/2020

Thank you to Look TV for the opportunity to share information about L.E.A.P.’s programs and services on “Look This Week”!   Antoinette Jackson, Owner, VP Business Development, contacted L.E.A.P. in September about the prospect of scheduling an interview, which, due to the COVID 19 pandemic, was filmed via Zoom on October 7th. Traci was interviewed by […]

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L.E.A.P. Executive Director Traci Ross and Outreach and Development Coordinator Jennifer Frigolette on “I’m In with the ARCC” Radio Show October 2, 2020

On Wednesday, September 30th, L.E.A.P. Executive Director Traci Ross and Outreach & Development Coordinator Jennifer Frigolette joined “I’m in with the ARCC” radio show host Amanda Blanton on skype to tape an interview that was broadcast on October 2, 2020 on Talk!1450AM WWSC and 93.1FM.  Amanda asked Jennifer about her first eight weeks at L.E.A.P., […]

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L.E.A.P. Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) ends on a positive note despite COVID challenges

L.E.A.P. would like to congratulate our 19 youth participants on completing the 2020 Summer Youth Employment Program!  As Washington County’s American Job Center, L.E.A.P. facilitates this annual program which allows eligible youth ages 14-20 to gain valuable work experience and learn new skills while earning a paycheck. The program typically runs from late June to […]

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L.E.A.P.’s Executive Director encourages everyone to complete the Census by September 30th

L.E.A.P.’s Executive Director Traci Ross would like to remind you that we need your help!  Please go to   my2020census.gov   before September 30th and ask all your friends, family members, colleagues, and co-workers to do the same. Traci has over twenty years of experience working in human services, specifically child welfare and non-profit business administration, and has […]

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