LEAP is an educational partnership between Carnegie Mellon University and City Charter High School that uses storytelling in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to empower under-resourced high school students to become agents of social change. It provides a supportive, non-hierarchical learning environment for students to engage with issues of equity and justice in their lives and communities.
In this year-round program, students learn with and from local artists, activists, scholars, and CMU faculty who are working to create positive change in the world. They participate in hands-on learning experiences focused on personal reflection, artistic expression, and civic engagement. Students work individually and collectively to cultivate self-efficacy, a love of learning and creating, and the confidence to envision and build a better future. LEAP works alongside City Charter High School to help students construct a plan for their lives after high school and then acquire the resources they need to achieve their goals.