Learning Leaders is New York City’s largest and most experienced organization dedicated to increasing family and community engagement in public schools. Every year Learning Leaders supports the training and education of over 10,000 parents and community members – reaching almost 250,000 students in more than 350 elementary and middle schools throughout the city. And because we conduct our workshops in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Haitian-Creole, and Bengali, we are able to connect with a broad base of immigrant and financially challenged families.
Founded in 1956, Learning Leaders was the first program of its kind in the country and has served as a model for school volunteer and family engagement programs in other major cities. Today, family engagement has been identified as one of the most powerful predictors of student success, and Learning Leaders has played a key role in developing effective parent/school partnerships that drive increased community involvement, improved school atmosphere, and higher academic performance.
Learning Leaders' mission is to help New York City public school students succeed by equipping parents and other family members to foster their own children's educational development and by training volunteers to provide individualized instructional support and other school-based support.