Learn, Earn, Advance, Prosper (L.E.A.P.)

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Learn. Earn. Advance. Prosper. (L.E.A.P.) is a program designed to train District residents for employment opportunities in the private sector and within DC government. Residents are trained on the job for entry level positions during a 6-month period. In some instances, residents concurrently gain work experience while pursuing a degree or industry certification. Click here for details.

Progress Updates:

December 2019: L.E.A.P. continues to be a network of interconnected partners utilizing an “earn-and-learn” approach that connects unemployed and underemployed District residents with workforce training, resources and employment opportunities. This approach applies the apprenticeship model, allowing individuals to earn a wage while participating in on-the-job training. L.E.A.P. offers trainings that span a wide variety of occupations and gives participants a #Fairshot towards gainful employment within a DC government agency or with a private sector employer. Recent stats include:

  1. 364 District residents served by L.E.A.P. program to date.
  2. Nearly 60% of participants have been hired after the program.
  3. 182 TANF recipients were referred to the L.E.A.P. program by DHS.

September 2018: The LEAP Academy was launched in April 2015 to connect the city’s unemployed to job training opportunities. The Earn & Learn approach offers wrap-around services, empowers residents to gain work experience while earning a living wage and enhancing their future employment options.  Here are some results of the LEAP program since launch:

  1. LEAP percentage of participants on TANF has dropped from 55% before the program to 22% after the program.
  2. LEAP participant wages jumped from $0 to an average annual income of $29,988.
  3. Nearly 80% of participants were hired after successfully completing the program.
  • Timeline: in-progress
  • Lead and key partners: Department of Employment Services (DOES), Department of Human Resources (DCHR), Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Related core sectors: government
  • Related opportunity areas: hospitality innovation, professional services innovation
  • Related action areas: talent