LEAP OF JOY

Empowering at-risk youth through dance and theater arts. Everyone deserves a chance to dance!

Austin, TX   |  www.leapofjoy.org

Mission

Leap of Joy our non-profit organization offers dance and theater arts after school and summer camp enrichment programs to underprivileged children in underserved schools in Austin, Tx. Our teachers enrich the lives of children by not only providing mentorship, academic excellence, fight obesity with proper nutrition but emphasize the importance of physical activity by teaching dance, creative movement and performing arts at no charge to their families. Our goal is to give these children a sense of their own value and a window to see the opportunities that are available by working hard and making wise choices. Uppermost importance to us is creating a positive and safe environment where kids can take a Leap of Joy with Self-Esteem.

Ruling year info

2012

Founder/Director

Judy Richardson

Main address

3905 Leafield Dr

Austin, TX 78749 USA

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EIN

26-0109852

NTEE code info

Dance (A62)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Performing Arts (A60)

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Our programs

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After-School Dance or Theater Classes

Leap of Joy offers dance and theater arts after-school and summer camp enrichment programs to underprivileged children, ages 4 to 14, in underserved schools in Austin, Tx. We teach all dance styles, including modern, tap, and ballet, creative movement, hip hop, performance, and theatre arts.

Our goal is to give our children a sense of their own value and assist them academically with homework help. To combat child obesity, we also provide healthy seasonal fruit and vegetable snacks. Children are kept active through dance movement games and fitness through stretching and cardio warm-ups. They are taught a knowledge of dance vocabulary tailored appropriately to their ages and skill levels. They work cooperatively participating in the creation of performance pieces.

The main objective of our organization is to create a positive and safe environment where kids can take a Leap of Joy class and gain Self-Esteem, Self Respect, a Spirit of Cooperation, Body Consciousness & Self Acceptance no matter size and shape.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Multiracial people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We work with underprivileged children ages 4 to 14 in under-served schools, after school, and in summer enrichment camps. We teach classic dance including modern and ballet, creative movement, hip hop, zumba for kids and moms, performance and theatre arts. Our goal is to give our children a sense of their own value and asssist them academically with homework help. In order to combat child obesity, we also provide healthy seasonal fruit and vegetable snacks. Children are kept active through dance movement games and fitness through stretching and cardio warm ups. They are taught a knowledge of dance vocabulary tailored appropriately to their ages and skill levels. They work cooperatively participating in the creation of a performance piece. The main objective of our organization is to create a positive and safe environment where kids can take a Leap of Joy class and gain Self-Esteem, Self Respect, a Spirit of Cooperation, Body Consciousness & Self Acceptance no matter size and shape.

Being a young but fast growing organization. Leap of Joy has gone from one school to eleven and from one class at a school to multiple classes a week at those schools. Though no formal impact studies have been conducted to date, we look to the students themselves as to where they are as far as skill level and behavior is concerned when they begin classes and how they advance throughout their experience. Teachers present progressive lesson plans over the course of the semester. Students must work together in groups to participate in the creative process so that a performance piece is created over the course of the semester. Improvement in student involvement and behavior is also noted.

Our capabilities are demonstrated in the trained instructors who work with the children. Many are professionals who perform in dance and theater companies. The most important requirements is that they have a rapport and ease of interaction with the children and are able to form a positive experience through encouragement and support.

What we have and haven't accomplished thus far:
We would like to reach even more children and become better known in the Austin community. We would like to struggle less with finances.

Financials

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LEAP OF JOY

Board of directors
as of 6/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Beth McElhaney

Personal Adornments


Board co-chair

Vera Janes

Retired Social Worker

Marideen Hammers

Contractor

Kimi Sandel

Alamo Drafthouse

Ami Cortes Castillo

Lucy Reed

Eve Springer

Ms. Eve's Garden of Dance

Barbara Aybar

Self Employed

Gillian Melnick Jeter

University of Texas Austin

Patricia Koch, Ph.D.

Self Employed

Madeliene Bond

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/7/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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