Literacy Enrichment After-School Program (LEAP)

As one of Philadelphia's longest-running out-of-school time programs, the Literacy Enrichment After-School Program (LEAP) provides free homework assistance, leads hands-on STEAM and humanities programs, and promotes a love of reading at libraries throughout the city. LEAP fosters an inclusive, informal learning environment for children, teens, families, and caregivers, with accessible recreational activities that build on life skills, career exploration, Maker philosophies, and mindful social-emotional development. Under the mentorship of neighborhood librarians and our trained staff, LEAP creates safe spaces for youth to explore their interests!

LEAP. The Free Library's Literacy Enrichment After-School Program.

2022 – 2023 School Year

LEAP is a out-of-school time program for K-12 youth at Free Library locations throughout Philadelphia. This program is offered during the school year at no cost, and there is no registration required to participate. Contact your local library to learn about their activities, and check out LEAP's social media for activity ideas and resources!

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The Free Library offers Online Learning databases which have articles and information to help students with homework assignments. Homework Help Online, powered by, offers everything from live tutoring—in English and Spanish—to specialized test prep.

Did You Know?

LEAP advances adult and teen workforce development by employing After-School Leaders (ASLs) and Teen Leadership Assistants (TLAs). During the academic year, ASLs and TLAs support youth learning at neighborhood libraries and engage in regular professional and life-skills workshops.

For more information on the Literacy Enrichment After-School Program, email or call the Free Library's Youth Services & Programs Department at (215) 686-5372.

LEAP staff and students playing a board game with a graphic map of the United States on the board

Homework help and enriching games

A scene created from LEGOs with three minifigs, a mailbox, flowers, white picket fence, and a pink house constructed from blocks

STEAM activities

Two school-age figures, each holding cardboard-crafted box. One box is shaped like a robot and the other a racetrack

Maker projects and more!