Leake & Watts Continues to Grow!

In the past six months alone, we have added new programs and sites, bringing our reach to 43 programs at 27 sites, allowing us to touch the lives of 4,144 direct program participants and more widely more than 8,000 total family members supported.

  • We have partnered with New York City’s Department of Education to transform James M. Kiernan Junior High School and the School of the Performing Arts in the Bronx into “Community Schools” as part of the School Renewal Program. These schools are now community hubs, where children and families can access afterschool learning and summer enrichment activities, health and mental-health services, social services and family and community supports that are critical to improving student achievement.
  • Growing our Juvenile Justice programs, we launched our Bensonhurst Non- Secure Placement Program, our first Brooklyn-based program, and Ryer Limited Secure Placement Program, residential programs supporting adjudicated teens. Following the nationally recognized Missouri Model and other evidence-based approaches, our programs promote positive peer relationships and provide a supportive community. We also launched a community-based Respite Program for court-involved teens as an alternative to incarceration. Using an adaptation of the evidence-based Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) model, we support teens in a temporary respite home for up to 21 days while we work with the teens and their families to help them learn new conflict-resolution strategies, preventing the need for long-term out-of-home placements.
  • Our Children’s Learning Center, which supports preschool students on the autism spectrum between ages 3 and 5, moved to a newly renovated space at 1751 Park Avenue in Manhattan, allowing us to expand and support an additional 30 children.
  • We assumed operation of a community-based Day Habilitation Services Program in Mount Vernon, New York, supporting 37 adult men and women with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. This Day Habilitation program promotes socialization, safety awareness and community involvement, helping each person develop the life skills necessary to live more independently.