Learning Leaders

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Basic Information

Address: 80 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor
Phone Number: 212-213-3370
Fax Number: 212-213-0787

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Additional Information

Clearances Required: Yes
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: Learning Leaders serves approximately 250,000 NYC public school students in grades K-12.
Ages for Volunteer: 18 and older
Hours of Service: We ask that volunteers commit 2 hours per week during the school year from September to June.
Minimum Hours Required: 2 hour per week
Days of Service: Monday - Friday
Mission Statement:

Learning Leaders’ mission is to help New York City public school students succeed in school by training volunteers who provide tutoring and other school-based support, and by equipping all parents to foster their own children’s educational development.

Program History:

Learning Leaders was founded in 1956 as the New York City School Volunteer Program (SVP), the brainchild of Clara Blitzer, a member of the Board of the Public Education Association (PEA). The first SVP program began at PS 191 in Manhattan with a group of 20 volunteers who performed clerical duties, kept records, collected lunch money, and helped children get into and out of their jackets and boots. They also performed activities to enrich the curriculum, such as playing the piano so teachers could conduct singing lessons with their classes.
Over fifty years later, Learning Leaders has grown from 20 volunteers in a single Manhattan school to up to 12,000 volunteers in over 850 schools throughout New York City.