Since 2010, we have impacted over 3,000 children in Texas Title 1 schools in Austin, Tx. Through ACE, Prime Time grants, City of Austin, TCOA, Target, A Glimmer of Hope, and donations we are able to provide our program at no charge to our families.
For the past 10 years, Leap of Joy has taught dance and theater to under privileged youth in Austin through after school and summer camp programs. 26% of children in Austin live in poverty and although we are now present in 13 AISD Title 1 Schools, there are so many more children who would benefit from a Leap of Joy experience! Our mission: moving to give at-risk youth empowerment and self-acceptance through dance and performance arts.
The Leap of Joy Impact
"Leap of Joy has not only provided a life-long skill to our young students, but has developed a very strong working relationship with them."
"Leap of Joy is an outstanding partner. The instructors are well trained and the curriculum is developmentally appropriate and engaging. Leap of Joy staff go the extra mile in providing a high quality fine arts experience for our youth."
"My girls are my permanent foster children that without this program would be still struggling on ways to effectively express themselves and gain self esteem that had been lost due to extreme post traumatic stress, being abused and neglected. The girls have flourished and really enjoyed these classes."
"Leap of Joy has provided an opportunity for our daughter to grow, learn and develop skills for life. It is safe, fun and engaging on many levels and provides the space for children to come together, learn a new art, make friends and grow with a community of learning. We couldn't be more grateful."
"Thank you so much for your devotion and consistency with our after-school students. Students who were not expected to have interest in dance and musical theater have requested admittance to the classes and have shown continued participation with positive attitudes."