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Learning Leaders, Inc.

Rating: 4 stars   1 review 746


75 Maiden Lane 8th Floor New York NY 10038 USA


Learning Leaders' mission is to help New York City public school students succeed by training volunteers to provide individualized instructional support and other school-based assistance and by equipping parents to foster their children's educational development.


Introducing parent volunteers into schools results in students recording higher grade point averages and standardized test scores, as well as improved attendance and behavior, refined social skills and greater self-belief. - 96% of teachers surveyed reported children working with Learning Leaders volunteers showed improved academic performance - 90% noticed an improvement in children’s self-confidence and interest in school Volunteers treasure the opportunity to make lasting contribution to another’s life, that goes far beyond the school building, while teachers value a trusted partner in their classroom who gives them reliable support and assistance. Learning Leaders also serves communities. Studies have revealed that impact is amplified because parents/caregivers utilize their training and newfound skills to help their own children at home, move into leadership positions in their children’s schools, and even jumpstart their own educational and career goals.

Target demographics:

New York City Public School Students K-8

Direct beneficiaries per year:

4,500 parents and volunteers become active participants in their neighborhood schools.

Geographic areas served:

New York City: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island


Over 5,000 Learning Leaders volunteers support 180,000 students in grades K-8 in 300 public schools across all five boroughs of NYC. Volunteers tutor students in subjects including reading, math or English as a second language and offer non-instructional support. The majority of Learning Leaders’ students attend Title I schools that serve a high percentage of low-income families. About 85% of the volunteers are parents, and 71% self-identify as people of color. Learning Leaders' enrichment programs, Book Talk and Book Buddies, supplement students' education beyond core academic support, promoting a life-long love of reading and developing critical thinking and communications skills. Learning Leaders also offers 25+ family education workshops that increase parents’ knowledge, skills and confidence in supporting their children’s education. Topics include fostering literacy and math skills, understanding child development and navigating the public schools administration system.

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Rating: 4 stars  

22 people found this review helpful

If you want to volunteer in a New York City public school, and you are willing to commit to become a regular presence in the school, this is the place to start. This is also a great way for parents to be involved in their child's school, and a way to explore whether a career in education is right for you.

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Thousands of NYC parents and community members are empowered to help out in their schools and feel a shared sense of ownership that helps kids. Many new immigrants get a chance to adapt to this country and learn English while learning first-hand about the school system.

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Because volunteers relate primarily to their school or the particular teacher/classroom they support, they often don't feel like "Learning Leaders." The ability to connect more with other volunteers would be great.

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