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LEAP Learning Center

 1221 Wass Street
 Tustin, CA 92780
[P] (714) 519-6092
[F] (714) 544-2208
www.leapintoaction.org
[email protected]
Sally Parkin
FOUNDED: 1999
INCORPORATED: 2008
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 26-1320187 00000

Summary


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Mission StatementMORE »

LEAP’s mission is to help disadvantaged students, who are reading below grade level, become confident and successful readers. Our LEAP Reading Intervention Program was created to eliminate the resource disparities that exist between underprivileged students and their peers by providing a free research-based guided group reading program that will ultimately equip our students with the necessary tools to reach their grade level reading goals. LEAP is committed to, and operates under, the belief that all children can learn. Our vision is to break the perpetual cycle of illiteracy and poverty by developing attitudes and behaviors that promote success in school, instill a strong work ethic, and create new paths for a bright and promising future.

Mission Statement

LEAP’s mission is to help disadvantaged students, who are reading below grade level, become confident and successful readers. Our LEAP Reading Intervention Program was created to eliminate the resource disparities that exist between underprivileged students and their peers by providing a free research-based guided group reading program that will ultimately equip our students with the necessary tools to reach their grade level reading goals. LEAP is committed to, and operates under, the belief that all children can learn. Our vision is to break the perpetual cycle of illiteracy and poverty by developing attitudes and behaviors that promote success in school, instill a strong work ethic, and create new paths for a bright and promising future.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $137,000.00
Projected Revenue $137,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • LEAP Reading Intervention Program

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Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

LEAP’s mission is to help disadvantaged students, who are reading below grade level, become confident and successful readers. Our LEAP Reading Intervention Program was created to eliminate the resource disparities that exist between underprivileged students and their peers by providing a free research-based guided group reading program that will ultimately equip our students with the necessary tools to reach their grade level reading goals. LEAP is committed to, and operates under, the belief that all children can learn. Our vision is to break the perpetual cycle of illiteracy and poverty by developing attitudes and behaviors that promote success in school, instill a strong work ethic, and create new paths for a bright and promising future.


Background Statement

Founded in 1999, LEAP Learning Center originated as a non-sectarian community outreach effort, organized through St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Tustin, in response to a call for action from teachers at a nearby elementary school in the Tustin Unified School District, who were concerned about the growing achievement gap that was threatening the future success of many of our low-income and English Learner students. Local church members, neighbors, parents, teachers and school administrators quickly banded together to donate their time and resources in order to help disadvantaged students receive the specialized attention and support they needed to be successful. Since our inception, LEAP has served more than 2,700 children through our free afterschool and summer school programs. In September 2013, at the request of the TUSD, LEAP moved our afterschool program from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to two Title I schools in the TUSD. This opportunity to reposition our program was a major step towards achieving our long-held goal of serving substantially more children in our target population. Having LEAP on-site also meant that we could work closer with our students’ classroom teachers to provide targeted instruction that was tailored specifically to each child’s needs. At this juncture, we decided to revise our afterschool and summer outreach programs and focus solely on literacy support. We wholeheartedly believe that being a proficient reader is absolutely critical for success in any subject, and we had become increasingly concerned about the widening gap in literacy skills among our economically disadvantaged and English Learner students. This new trajectory enabled us to invest all of our energy into our LEAP Reading Intervention Program and put our undivided attention toward ensuring all LEAP students became competent and skilled readers. By 2015, in recognition of our program's remarkable success, the TUSD provided partial funding support that enabled LEAP to expand our program by 60%, increasing our reach from 80 students to 128 students, at four Title I schools in the TUSD.


 


 


Impact Statement

LEAP has made tremendous headway in advancing our mission to close the learning gap of economically disadvantaged and English Learner elementary school students in the TUSD. In 2015, our program moved on-site at four Title I schools, and LEAP was able to hire four outstanding and experienced site supervisors to oversee our program at each school site, as well as a dynamic assistant director in 2017. Growing our LEAP team has invigorated our program and has provided the time and creative resources to be even more innovative and forward-thinking. Together, we are exploring new methods of fundraising and community engagement through social media platforms and on-site events. Our hope is to bring a greater awareness of how our LEAP Reading Intervention Program is making both a measurable and meaningful difference in our students’ lives.  Year after year, we witness first-hand the exceptional growth our LEAP students make in pursuit of their grade level reading goals.  Our year-end results for the past two school years have risen to an average student growth of nearly four reading levels, with close to 10% of our students improving by 7-12 reading levels. LEAP continues to implement effective practices such as regularly assessing and anticipating the needs of our students, creating comprehensive and actionable goal-setting activities, growing our inventory of essential books, tools and resources, and adding supplementary projects like our LEAP for Books, which works to preserve progress made, and avoid summer slide, by allowing students  to self-select three books on the last day of school that are appropriate for their independent reading level, to read over the summer, and permanently add to their home library.

 


Needs Statement

Moving forward, we realize that in order to achieve our goal of serving more academically at-risk students—and ensure the long-term sustainability of our program—we must make it a priority to secure additional funding so that we can: 1) serve more economically disadvantaged and English Learner students; 2) hire and retain staff, as the demands of our program grows; 3) purchase books and other essential support materials to better assist and accommodate our lower-performing students; 4) invest in technological upgrades for improved program efficiency and effectiveness; and 5) incrementally increase the compensation of our Executive Director and staff to reach a competitive salary that is in line with other nonprofit organizations of similar size and scope. 




 


CEO Statement

One key element that separates our LEAP Reading Intervention Program from many other afterschool tutoring programs, and has made our approach so effective, is that we are not a drop-in—come as often, or as little as you like—program. Our staff and tutors put tremendous time and energy into reading about and studying the best practices, methods, and techniques for teaching under-literate students who are learning in their non-native language, while at the same time grappling with the everyday challenges that come with poverty. We know through experience that our students thrive in an environment where they feel safe and valued and can depend on familiar faces and consistent routines. This is why we ask for a year-long commitment from all prospective LEAP students, their families, tutors and staff. It is crucial that we work with the same students, four days a week, in the same group of four, with the same weekly tutors, for an entire school year, so that our students are able to achieve the best possible outcome. Research confirms that students who receive focused attention and nurturing on a consistent basis, from a well-trained and highly qualified tutor, will ultimately be more motivated and likely to succeed.


 


Board Chair Statement

America faces a huge challenge—illiteracy is holding back too many school children across all academic disciplines. In a democracy, illiteracy cannot stand. Long ago, we made it our mission to meet this challenge. I was attracted to LEAP because my family and I passionately believe LEAP provides the most direct means for my time, effort and dollars to make a genuine difference in our community. Having been involved for over 35 years in a variety of school, community and county-wide activities, I felt LEAP was the best choice for my long-term involvement. As a board, LEAP seeks members who have exhibited leadership in business and community and who believe in our goals. All of our board members have worked publicly and privately for decades as CEOs, CFOs in business, administrators and teachers in our schools, and all are outstanding community leaders. They have donated dollars to other worthy causes, served on boards or participated in conferences. But, working with LEAP they tell us, they have found they can directly impact illiteracy by helping academically at-risk children overcome their English deficit and improve academically. The LEAP Board of Directors is deeply involved and committed to LEAP. All but two of our board members also serve as LEAP tutors. All members support LEAP financially. All serve as ambassadors for LEAP throughout the community. At each monthly board meeting, stories are shared relating to the successes, frustrations and challenges faced with tutoring these students. Recently, I shared with our board that one of my students began this year shy and unable to participate in our group. I learned that he has had a very difficult life. His father was murdered, and mother abandoned him (opting for drugs) leaving him with his grandmother who speaks little English. Years of abandonment had driven him to this reclusive state. As his other tutors and I began working with him, we strove to create a safe environment for him. We focused on his specific needs. Each week, we have seen his confidence grow. He is now happy to be in our group and his reading has steadily improved. His classroom teacher has seen improvement in his classroom performance and his attitude toward school. She feels very grateful to LEAP for providing this child with the individual time and focus that is difficult for her to provide in a class of 33 children. I feel blessed to be able to impact directly a problem in our community, influence and involve others to meet a critical need, and provide an effective way to improve the lives of local children and their families for years to come.


 


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Tax-deductible donations may be made by check and mailed to LEAP Learning Center at 1221 Wass St. Tustin, CA 92780; or by PayPal on our LEAP website at www.leapintoaction.org; or by credit card by emailing Carol Hay at [email protected] In-kind donations of supplies are always welcome and can be arranged by calling the LEAP office at 714-519-6092. Our LEAP Reading Intervention Program was designed to utilize the generous talents and gifts of our surrounding community so that we can offer our students an effective and engaging program that is entirely free of cost to our students and their families. Our LEAP literacy tutors feel accountable for the children they have been assigned to help, and as a result, they derive tremendous personal satisfaction from the remarkable progress that is made by our students each year. We invite and welcome anyone with strong reading and writing skills to apply to be one of our LEAP volunteer literacy tutors. All prospective LEAP literacy tutors will be interviewed, and will need to have health and background clearance, and be willing to commit at least one afternoon a week for an entire school year. Other volunteer opportunities include collecting book and supply donations for our library and/or assisting with administrative duties as needed. Please contact Sally Parkin at [email protected] if you would like to LEAP INTO ACTION as a literacy volunteer!

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
Our LEAP Reading Intervention Program currently serves 128 students at four Title I elementary schools in the TUSD. The TUSD boundaries include all of Tustin, California, as well as portions of Irvine, Santa Ana, and unincorporated North Tustin. 

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Remedial Reading & Encouragement
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. Education - Primary & Elementary Schools

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Programs


LEAP Reading Intervention Program

Our free afterschool LEAP Reading Intervention Program is comprised of two separate forty-five-minute sessions (serving approximately 16 students in each session/32 students at each school), held four days a week, at four Title I campuses in the TUSD. To be eligible for our program, students must be identified by their teachers as reading significantly below grade level. All LEAP students are economically disadvantaged, and most are first or second-generation English Learners. The goal of our LEAP Reading Intervention Program is to provide a research-based guided group reading program that is engaging and effective for disadvantaged students, especially our English Learners. The ideology of our program is based on the research of Lucy Calkins, Richard Allington, Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, all of whom are longtime and well-respected leaders in the educational community, who focus on strategies that work for struggling readers. Our LEAP students are divided into reading groups of four so that we can target and individualize reading instruction based on each student’s needs. Each group is led by highly qualified college students from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), or longtime committed volunteers, many of whom are retired school teachers. Each of our tutors has been thoroughly trained with the latest research-based strategies which have been proven to help struggling readers.


 

Budget  137,000
Category  Education, General/Other Remedial Programs
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 

We anticipate that all LEAP students will improve by at least one reading level by the end of the school year. Furthermore, we anticipate that students who regularly attend our LEAP Reading Intervention Program for the entire school year will improve by an average of four reading levels.

Program Long-Term Success 

Our vision is to break the perpetual cycle of illiteracy and poverty by developing attitudes and behaviors that promote success in school, instill a strong work ethic, and create new paths for a bright and promising future. Our long-term goal is for 100% of LEAP students to finish high school at a minimum and ideally go on to pursue higher education. 


 

Program Success Monitored By 

Reading assessments are conducted by the TUSD at least three times during the school year to monitor each student’s reading level progression. Reading levels are determined according to the guidelines set forth by the Fountas & Pinnell Instructional Level Expectations for Reading. The results of these assessments are made available to LEAP tutors and administrative staff, in the beginning of the school year, mid-year, and year-end, so we can measure and track how well each student is progressing, and how close each student is to reaching their grade level reading goals. LEAP will use these assessments, along with student, teacher and parent feedback, to measure the effectiveness of our program for the school year.  


 

Examples of Program Success 

LEAP is strongly committed to helping all students who need our services, especially the lowest-performing and the hardest to serve. Year after year, we see the exceptional growth our LEAP students make in pursuit of their grade level reading goals.  For the past two school years, our students have demonstrated an average growth of nearly four reading levels—with close to 10% of our students improving by 7-12 reading levels—and half of our students were reading at grade level by year-end. Better still, we see the steady progress made daily by our students and how that is reflected gradually in their ability and willingness to read aloud and participate, their interaction with others, their overall composure, as well as their confident posture and smile. When our students pause after reading a passage, look up at their tutor in amazement and exclaim, “when we first started LEAP, we couldn’t read, and now we can!”, we know we’ve been successful.

 


 


Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Sally Parkin
CEO Term Start Feb 2000
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Mrs. Parkin received her B.A. degree from Miami University graduating Summa Cum Laude and her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Concordia University. Hired as the original LEAP Executive Director in February 2000, Mrs. Parkin developed and expanded the LEAP organization and programs culminating in LEAP being granted a nonprofit 501(c)(3) status in 2008. Prior to joining LEAP, Mrs. Parkin served in community leadership roles including Projects and Administrative Vice-President, Junior League of Orange County; PTO President, Hewes Middle School; President, Foothill High School Education Fund; Chairman, Foothill High School Site Council. In earlier employment with nonprofit organizations, Mrs. Parkin worked in fields of volunteer development, research and grant writing. She also served as a reading intervention teacher in the Tustin Unified School District.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

We are extremely thankful for the steadfast community support that has enabled LEAP to accomplish so much, on such a small budget, and has allowed us to continue to offer our program completely free of charge to our students for nearly 20 years. LEAP has worked diligently to create a robust and cost-effective program by utilizing highly qualified volunteers (many of whom are retired teachers) with a sincere interest in giving back to their community. Our relationship with UCI has enabled us to hire caring and accomplished college students from a highly regarded university, with their pay subsidized by the university. We have also been very fortunate to have our classroom space generously provided by the Tustin Unified School District for the past four years and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has graciously offered their copy equipment, storage and office/meeting space to our program from the very beginning. 


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 35
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

What makes LEAP so special and unique is that for every LEAP contributor—whether it be a staff member, volunteer, donor, or advocate—our efforts are truly a labor of love. The caliber of our program is only possible because our entire LEAP team is wholeheartedly committed to ensuring our students succeed. Over half of our volunteers have been with LEAP for more than 10 years, many closer to 20 years, including most of our board members who have been on the front lines of our program from the very beginning and continue to tutor weekly and remain active in our program activities. We have tutors, on their own accord, purchase books in advance so they can read them ahead of time and feel fully prepared for their group lesson. Our LEAP tutors who share the same group often call and email each other, while at home, to check in on their students, and make sure their needs are being met—this is in addition to leaving notes for each other in their group notebooks regarding lessons and student progress reports, as required by LEAP. We hold tutor trainings throughout the year, and we continue to be taken aback by how engaged our tutors are in these meetings and how quick they are to share support, advice and best practices with each other. Our LEAP team believes that literacy is a social justice issue. We believe literacy is the surest way to close the achievement gap. We know, together, we can change lives—we know because we’ve witnessed it firsthand, every day, for the past 20 years.

Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Mrs. Ann Rose
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term July 2014 - July 2019
Board Co-Chair Mrs. Carol Hay
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term July 2014 - July 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs. Kathy Brittingham Retired Voting
Mr. George Fague Retired Voting
Mr. Dennis Fischel Retired Voting
Dr. William Hare Allergan, Inc. Voting
Mrs. Carol Hay Community Volunteer Voting
Mrs. Ann Nicholson Retired Voting
Mrs. Sally Parkin LEAP Learning Center Voting
Mrs. Ann Rose Retired Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

In order to pursue our goal of expanding our LEAP Reading Intervention Program to help significantly more children in the future, we must: 1) Enhance our Board of Directors: LEAP is very fortunate to have a terrific and highly engaged board, comprised of retired business executives and educators, who are active volunteers and leaders in the Orange County community, however, we feel it is important for LEAP to broaden and diversify our base of leadership to better represent our community and help strengthen our ability to market our program, fundraise, and recruit new volunteers; (2) Secure Sufficient Financial Support: We are exploring new methods to increase program awareness and diversify our donor base—LEAP is also utilizing online fundraising campaigns and becoming more active on social media; and 3) Recruit Additional Volunteers: We have created a part-time program director position (6 hours/week for 32 weeks) to help us expand the tutor base for our LEAP Reading Intervention Program by working to increase our presence in the community so that we can recruit more volunteers while working closer with the local universities to recruit more student tutors through work-study and internship programs.


 


 

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Volunteer

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $137,000.00
Projected Expenses $137,000.00
Form 990s

2018 990 EZ

2017 990 EZ

2016 990 EZ

2015 990 EZ

2014 990 EZ

2013 990 EZ

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $123,591 $135,545 $58,537
Total Expenses $105,556 $87,299 $66,773

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$123,591 $20,237 $14,955
Government Contributions $0 $74,900 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- $74,900 --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- $40,408 $43,582
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $105,556 $75,359 $57,144
Administration Expense -- $10,416 $8,656
Fundraising Expense -- $1,524 $973
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.17 1.55 0.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 86% 86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 1% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $108,472 $89,079 $39,338
Current Assets $108,472 $89,079 $39,338
Long-Term Liabilities $2,853 -- --
Current Liabilities -- $1,495 --
Total Net Assets $105,619 $87,584 $39,338

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf 59.58 inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 3% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

We do not have audited financial statements because it is too cost prohibitive with our small budget; however, our 990 report is prepared by a CPA with an accounting firm. Our treasurer, a retired corporate CPA, prepares our monthly financial statements, maintains our bank account, and provides close financial oversight. Our programs are very cost effective for the following reasons: 1) we are primarily volunteer led and managed; 2) space for our afterschool LEAP Reading Intervention Program is provided by the Tustin Unified School District; and 3) St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has graciously continued to underwrite our printing costs and provide storage and office/meeting space for our program. While securing and increasing future funding is always necessary, and always a priority, we have cultivated long-standing collaborative relationships with several community organizations and corporate foundations who have remained strong partners throughout the years and we are very fortunate to have a strong donor base who faithfully contributes their time and financial support to our program year after year. 


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. 

Documents


Other Documents

LEAP Learning Center Brochure (2012)

No Other Documents currently available.