About Leake & Watts

Leake & Watts, a leading nonprofit social service organization, provides children, adults, and families in the greater New York City area, with the resources and skills needed to help them rise above adversity and positively direct their lives.

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About

Founded as an orphanage in 1831, Leake & Watts has been at the forefront of evolving community needs. We are a leader in utilizing result-driven, evidence-based practices. Today, our work is a positive force in the lives of more than 12,000 individuals annually.

Mission

Driven by the belief that each of us can thrive when life has hope and opportunity, Leake & Watts provides caring support and proven paths to positive change, helping children, adults, and families rise above adversity.

Vision

Leake & Watts envisions a future for New York where every child has an equal opportunity to succeed; where vulnerable individuals and families have the resources and support they need; where people with disabilities can access opportunity and fully participate in their communities; and where all are supported as they navigate life’s challenges and positively direct their lives.

Values

  • As a team, we share an unshakeable belief in the power of people to change and grow.
  • We’re client-centered professionals, helping the people we support to achieve the goals that they set for themselves.
  • We’re accountable for excellence, solving problems with a mix of initiative and creativity that gets results.
  • We’re respectful collaborators, maximizing and finding resources to exceed the needs of those that we serve.
  • We’re inspiring communicators, spreading a positive attitude that’s supportive and spurs others to action.

Our Approach

Committed to staying ahead of the needs of our ever-changing community, our focus is squarely on the individuals and families we serve. We help them achieve the best results for themselves by building on a foundation of solid evidence-based programs, and by incorporating ongoing innovation to make our services ever stronger.

In every aspect of our work, from governance and financial management to our inclusive organizational practices, we live by the four key principles of accountability to all our stakeholders, the sustainability of our programs, transparency in our operations, and our continued commitment to learn.

Our aim is to provide the maximum positive impact for the exceptional individuals, parents, friends and professionals we serve, and to have a positive impact on the community at large.

Awards & Recognitions

Award

New York Community Trust Non-Profit Excellence Awards 2014 Gold Winner.

Alliance

Recipient of the Alliance for Children and Families’ prestigious Strategy Counts! award.

NASET

National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has identified our special education school as a NASET School of Excellence for the past five years in a row.

NYC

The mayor’s office praised our Volunteer Program for engaging 450 volunteers in over 3,500 hours of service over the course of a single year.

Accreditations

Leake and Watts Services, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Middle States Association, and the Better Business Bureau.

BBB

Fully meeting all 20 Better Business Bureau standards for charity accountability

MSA CESS

Middle States Association

NAEYC Accredited

National Association for the Education of Young Children

We are funded by the generous support of individuals, corporations, and foundations as well as government funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children & Families (ACF), the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the NYS Education Department, the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), the NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE), the NYC Department of Probation, the Westchester County Department of Social Services, the Westchester County Department of Health and other local social service agencies.

Success Stories

Leake & Watts helps the most vulnerable children, adults and families rise above adversity. Meet the people we have helped.

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