AmeriCorps LEAP Initiative

AmeriCorps LEAP (Learning Early Achieves Potential) Initiative members serve in preschool classrooms and nonprofit organizations focused on the social and emotional development of young children in our 20-county region. We recruit, connect, and match members to site service partner positions to help work one-on-one with children who are at-risk of falling behind. Members begin the LEAP service term in August and serve through the following July. Individuals interested in this program may contact Barbara Gunderson, AmeriCorps LEAP Director, at 507-455-3215 or barbarag@smifoundation.org.

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The LEAP Initiative is an AmeriCorps program made possible through the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation—Early Childhood Development partnership with ServeMinnesota and the Corporation for National and Community Service. We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodations provided upon request. Document available in alternative formats.

Service Project: Kindness Rocks

Lindsey, serving in her second year with the AmeriCorps LEAP Initiative in southern Minnesota, ended the year with a service project called "Kindness Rocks".  She facilitated rock painting in her morning and afternoon classes at the Head Start Preschool in Saint Peter, MN. After the rocks were finished the group read Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud, a book on sharing kindness through small actions. The group then cleaned up the trash on the playground at the St. Peter Community Park and placed the painted rocks where they found litter, showing the preschoolers that being kind and helping the neighborhood community can be fun.

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