THE CAUSE

Since 2009, The Leaven has provided tutoring and mentoring to some of California’s most at-risk and under-served neighborhoods. Today we serve over 500 children and youth each week at 26 unique locations.

The Leaven learning centers are located in the apartment complexes where our students and their families live. We work to eliminate crime in neighborhoods by providing year-round educational programming, as well as a safe place for kids to learn, play, and grow.

Our programs have proven that when children are successful in school, and have a positive adult influence in their lives, they are significantly less likely to drop out, commit a crime, or join a gang.

EARLY EDUCATION
We work to meet the educational needs of each child, assessing their strengths and weaknesses to create an individual enrichment plan that will improve their reading, writing, math, and study skills.
CRIME REDUCTION
Students who are given a strong educational foundation, from truly caring adults, develop personal responsibility, self-motivation, and pride in their work ethic. In turn, they become successful in school and are significantly less likely to drop out, commit a crime, or join a gang.
TRANSFORMED COMMUNITIES
When you help a child, you extend the influence of your impact to their entire family. These families develop a sense of unity and pride in their neighborhood, working together to change their entire community for the better.