Why we need your help NOW:
LEAP receives almost 25% of its funding from the Connecticut Department of Education ($465,000 this year). The state has reached a big stalemate on the budget. The compromise budget worked out by the Governor and the Democratic leadership in the legislature funded LEAP but failed to pass. Then a Republican budget, which eliminates all funding for LEAP, was passed by the state Senate and House. Governor Malloy plans to veto this budget. The most likely next scenario is that a bipartisan compromise budget will be created.
We need your help to be sure that LEAP is in that new budget!
Why your help MATTERS:
This cut to LEAP's budget means we will serve hundreds fewer low-income children and employ many fewer New Haven teenagers. We will close at least one neighborhood site and dramatically cut the number of children who learn to swim or program computers at LEAP.
How you can make a DIFFERENCE for New Haven's kids:
You can best help us by calling your local legislators to inform them of the importance of LEAP to the New Haven community and why we need to be put back in the budget.
Please ensure New Haven's low-income kids and teens continue to learn all they do at LEAP!
Science and Outdoor Skills: Professional Skills for College and Career:
And So Much More...
Tell State Senators and Representatives why LEAP Matters for these young people and the whole New Haven Community now and in the future.
TELL THEM TO PUT LEAP BACK IN THE BUDGET!
Please forward this email to anyone else you know that can help!
Email Rachel Kline Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or call LEAP's Development Department at (203) 773-0770
with any questions.