About LEEP

History

The Louisville Education and Employment Partnership's (LEEP’s) work is supported by several organizations and would be difficult without their support. Formed in 1988 as a collaborative community initiative, the original partners were as follows:

  • JCPS
  • Louisville and Jefferson County governments
  • Workforce Investment Board
  • Greater Louisville Inc.
  • Metro United Way

Partners provide significant funding for LEEP operations, and a representative of each organization serves on the Advisory Council, which means partner organizations directly influence the work of the partnership.

Allied organizations also make significant in-kind contributions, including the staff time of employees who serve as community mentors.

The current partner organizations are as follows:

  • JCPS
  • KentuckianaWorks
  • Louisville Metro Government
  • Metro United Way

Mission

LEEP supports the JCPS vision: All JCPS students graduate prepared, empowered, and inspired to reach their full potential and contribute as thoughtful, responsible citizens of our diverse, shared world.

Working with students to overcome obstacles, LEEP career planners monitor attendance and behavioral incidents as well as students’ progress in earning academic credits. LEEP staff also support students in four program areas:

  • Academic support
  • Development of life skills
  • Employment readiness
  • Leadership and community involvement

Goals

  • Ninety percent of LEEP students graduate from high school within four years.
  • Four percent or less of students served by LEEP drop out of school in grades nine through twelve.
  • Ninety percent of seniors successfully transition to postsecondary schools, employment, or military service.

Organizational Structure

Management and support for LEEP are provided by JCPS Central Office staff. Key figures in the program are the career planners who work in 13 JCPS high schools. Each career planner manages an average caseload of 75 students.

Accomplishments

  • Since 1988, more than 23,000 students have participated in LEEP programs.
  • Of 21 similar programs started around the nation in 1988, only LEEP continues to operate. Even as the other programs fell by the wayside, the partnership has continued to serve students and support their success year in and year out.