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Description: LEAP provides year-round academic and social enrichment programming for youth aged 7-23. Their mission is to "develop the strengths and talents of young leaders who create and implement year-round community based programming."
In the program, participants achieve postive academic and outcomes. Participants live in high poverty urban neighborhoods. College students and high school students work with groups of children after-school and during the summer to provide academic support and mentorship.
Description: Six high school children in the CIAO (Community Information Agents Online) program spent 6 weeks in Summer, 2000 learning video publishing for the net. This project goals were to help high school students become decision makers who influence community leaders to respond to their ideas for change. The youth built Web sites for the Urban Gardens program, the Neighborhood Roundtable and two library branches. Partners in the project included the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Information and the Kellogg Foundation.