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Life Enrichment Awards Program (LEAP)

The Life Enrichment Awards Program (LEAP) provides grants to support youth and young adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the Washington, DC area as they transition to adulthood. Grants are made through The HSC Foundation’s network of community partners who, together with the Foundation, are working to ensure young adults have the resources and services they need to make a successful transition to the next step in their lives.

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Our LEAP partners provide grants to young people with disabilities ages 14 to 26 for goods and services directly linked to activities related to the transition to adulthood. The goods and services fill an important gap, since they are usually not available from public service agencies, and may not be covered by Medicaid or private insurance.

LEAP Funds

Funds may be used for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • Business clothing
  • Career exploration or related courses    
  • College tuition
  • Computers and equipment
  • Other transition needs

If you are a young person in need of support, there are services and organizations that may be able to help.

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LEAP Awards

Each year, The HSC Foundation holds a reception and benefit to recognize the many young people who receive LEAP grants.

2016 LEAP Awards

LEAP Partners

Many community organizations partner with us to carry out the LEAP program. Our partners make it possible for more youth and young adults with disabilities to transition to their next step, whether it is more school, training, or a job.

Our 2017 LEAP partners include:

  • Advocates for Justice and Education, Inc.
  • The Arc of Northern Virginia
  • The Arc of Prince George's County
  • The DC Special Education Cooperative
  • ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia
  • The Ivymount School
  • Latin American Youth Center
  • Montgomery College Foundation, Inc.
  • Potomac Community Resources, Inc.
  • TLC - The Treatment and Learning Centers, Inc. - Katherine Thomas School

Not a partner? We welcome information on organizations that assist youth and young people with disabilities and their families. If you have something to share, please send us an email.