I've been involved with MindLeaps over several years and have been extremely impressed with the quality and effectiveness of its programming and its efficient use of resources. This past year, it has expanded to several new locations, and it is wonderful to see MindLeaps being able to serve more children around the world.
MindLeaps is a fantastic organization that I can't praise highly enough. I've been volunteering with MindLeaps for the past several weeks, and have been extremely impressed with the important work that MindLeaps is able to accomplish, and with the passion and work ethic of founder Rebecca Davis and Special Programs Manager Eleanor Milburn. Learning about the needs MindLeaps seeks to address and the life-saving work MindLeaps is able to accomplish has been eye-opening. MindLeaps work changes the lives of not only the children they are able to educate and take off the street, but also their family and future generations, as the benefits of attaining education and escaping the poverty cycle reverberate endlessly. MindLeaps is a one-of-a-kind organization that does vital, irreplaceable work.
MindLeaps is a truly remarkable and innovative organization. The MindLeaps' centers located around the world are safe spaces where the kids can be vulnerable, take risks, and feel loved and wanted. Most spectacularly, Rebecca (founder) and the entire staff recognize the potential in every child - and they help them all see extraordinary futures for themselves. Kids who once thought an awesome future was out of reach, now dream of becoming engineers and even doctors. Through a unique dance curriculum enriched by English and IT classes, the kids develop an invaluable skill set learning things like grit and discipline, and teamwork and creativity that allows them to succeed once they are able to return to traditional schooling. And it works. MindLeaps partners with researchers from Carnegie Mellon and Drexel Universities to constantly collect data on the students' progress in the development of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills. The research clearly shows the program's effectiveness. You can see the results of the MindLeaps' programs every single day spent in the field. The impact that this organization has on the lives of so many kids is obvious and extraordinary. I am very proud to be associated with this remarkable non-profit.
This organization is filled with heart, soul and results!! I have taught for MindLeaps for 2 years both nationally and internationally and have witnessed the positive progress of many children. This growth takes place in both short term and long term involvement in the program because it is designed to help children find the tools they need to develop a healthy and confident sense of self. This is all achieved through the beauty, joy and dedication to dance and the cognitive development it encourages. Not only has data research has been done to show the growth of children in these programs, I have witnessed children soar into their futures because of this curriculum. The children are excited to come to class, eager to learn and absorb information. In the Rwanda program, I have seen children open a laptop for the first time and months later they are sending me e-mails in English. The program provides positive role models, support, personalized attention and care to each student. They children begin to see the fruits of their own dedication and perseverance and realize that they have the power to make their lives what they dream them to be. MindLeaps is a strong and extremely organized non-profit that is changing lives daily. I am very honored to be a part of it!
MindLeaps is a truly magical place. A place where young students show up, on their own merit, excited to learn in a loving and comfortable environment. MindLeaps has become a big family for these children and that caring presence is so powerful and present every second of everyday spent behind the happiest bright green gate in Nyamirambo.
I am in awe of the work that MindLeaps does for populations of street children around the world. I visited the MindLeaps site in Kigali, Rwanda and got to experience first-hand the dance curriculum and witness the positive impact it had on the children. As a dance/movement therapist, I see tremendous potential for this program to promote growth in cognitive and psychosocial development. MindLeaps's founder and executive director, Rebecca Davis, is one of the most generous, compassionate, and tireless workers I have ever had the privilege of meeting.
I have been proudly volunteering with MindLeaps and I can say it's an amazing program run by passionate people. It's rewarding to see children in post conflict countries progressing and preparing a future for themselves with the help of talented dancers and educators.
I learned about the incredible non-profit organization MindLeaps through my acquaintance with the Executive Director, Rebecca Davis. Th is a wonderful organization that, through the medium of dance, helps get homeless children off the streets and into a learning environment. Through the physical joy of moving their young bodies to music, and the discipline of daily practice, (and with the aid of a square meal and adult support), these children eventually build up a set of cognitive skills that will give them self-confidence and lead to them to further opportunities to take classes in English and computer skills, and get off the streets into a better way of life. It is a joyful organization that helps many children.
I am so proud to volunteer for this amazing organisation. MindLeaps combines my two passions, helping others and teaching dance. The first time I heard Rebecca speak after receiving the Generous Hearts Award at the Dance Studio Life conference, I knew I wanted to become involved. I feel very fortunate that I can help out this passionate cause. MindLeaps is changing lives for the better and inspiring others to do so along the way.
I have been an international trainer and administrative assistant with MindLeaps for the past 3 years and I could not be more proud to be associated with this organization. The entire MindLeaps community is firm in the company's mission to better the lives of underserved youth in post conflict countries. I believe the efforts of the staff, teachers and board of directors are clearly seen in the students' smiles and energetic "go get em" attitudes seen each day in the field.
I have been a donor to MindLeaps for several years and am consistently impressed with the effectiveness of the organization in achieving their goals as well as how far my donations go in the field. Mindleaps has a very small administrative staff and yet they are able to help a large number of children in post-conflict countries. It makes me happy to know that my contributions are making a difference for the lives of many young people in Rwanda, Bosnia and Guinea.