AC Summer LEAP is a six-week summer enrichment program that seeks to close the opportunity gap in Rochester by offering high-quality summer learning experiences to students with low income.
AC LEAP delivered a comprehensive program this past summer despite the challenges of COVID-19. As part of the Rochester Summer Learning Collaborative, AC LEAP offered weekly deliveries of project-based learning boxes and food along with virtual classes in core academic subjects, art, wellness, and music. AC LEAP also provided individualized social emotional support to students, and socially distant celebrations including the Backyard BBQ and the annual Student Showcase.
OUR IMPACT AT A GLANCE
AC LEAP served:
- 111 students
AC LEAP distributed:
- 604 project-based learning boxes
- 4,664 meals
AC LEAP students attended:
- 476 virtual class sessions attended
AC LEAP faculty & staff made:
- 352 face-to-face contacts
- 228 phone contacts
- 206 text contacts
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This summer, AC LEAP once again welcomed more than 100 Rochester City School District students to campus for six weeks of learning, wellness, and enrichment activities.
During the program students enjoyed:
- Individualized reading instruction
- Field trips
- Family-style lunches
- STEM activities
- Weekly swimming
For the past six years, AC has partnered with School #17 to provide high-quality summer learning to students from the Rochester City School District. By extending the community school support students enjoy during the academic year, AC LEAP works to close the opportunity gap often experienced by students with low-income during the summer months.
“To be with these kids every summer and to see their growth is amazing,”said AC Alumnus Justin Kennedy, who works in the fifth grade classroom. “They continue to impress me with how passionate they are and how much they invest in our community. It means so much to me to be able to work with them and see them develop as people.”
Beyond their classroom studies in reading, math, and STEM, AC LEAP students explored this year’s program theme: Restorative Justice League, in which they used restorative practices to build community and resolve conflict. They also had the opportunity to meet with, and learn about, a variety of restorative justice leaders from the Rochester community.
This year’s off-campus learning included:
Director of AC LEAP
Lindsey BrownLindsey earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and master’s degree in Creative Writing at SUNY Brockport and holds New York State Teacher Certifications in Primary Education with a Bilingual Extension, Spanish (7-12), and English (7-12). She is currently working on her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership which will be completed in the Spring of 2021. Before coming to Allendale Columbia, Lindsey worked in community health and taught in the Upward Bound Program at the University of Rochester. She is the Director of AC LEAP Program and the Director of Equity and Community Engagement.
AC LEAP Accomplishments Since 2014
- More than 362 students and 329 families served
- More than 1,800 books distributed
- More than 12,400 meals served
- More than 60 field trips taken
- More than 37 community speakers
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