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Youth Programs

NWNH partners with the non-profit LEAP to provide the children of our New Haven residents with free afterschool, Saturday, and summer programming. Since 1992, LEAP has served over 10,000 children with thousands of college and high school student counselors. LEAP provides children with a literacy-based curriculum, as well as classes in the arts, computer science, swimming, athletics, camping, cooking, and team building. LEAP is community-based and operates out of donated space in five public schools, as well as its own comprehensive community center with a swimming pool, gym, dance studio, teaching kitchen, and classrooms.

Afterschool & Saturday Programming (7-12 Year Olds)

WHAT: LEAP’s afterschool program combines homework assistance with extra reading and fun developmentally appropriate activities, including athletics, arts, computer science, cooking and gardening. All programs are overseen by an experienced site coordinator with trained counselor pairs drawn from local colleges and high schools. LEAP’s afterschool program is free for participants.

WHO: LEAP’s afterschool program is available for children ages 7 to 12 who live in LEAP’s targeted neighborhoods. This includes residents in the following developments in New Haven developments: Fair Haven Scattered Site, Ferry Street Mutual Housing, Fair Haven HTR, Richard St I & II, Canterbury Gardens, George St/New Horizons, Gilbert Avenue, Derby Avenue, Highwood Apartments, Hill Apartments. If you have questions about whether or not you qualify, please contact

WHEN: The program operates afterschool until 6 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in each neighborhood at a local school. There is also drop-in programming on Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm at our 31 Jefferson Street Community Center for Afterschool Program participants.

HOW TO REGISTER: You may download, print, and email the application linked below to If you are unable to do so, please call Marilys at 203-562-4514.

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