Our Work

We can break the cycle if we change how it starts. It starts right where they live.


Learning centers for children are planted right in the most crime-ridden neighborhoods. Break the cycle by equipping children where they live—on their own street.

Want to know the ingredients for a transformation?

Delivering practical skills to a child's doorstep unlocks a whole new path to their future.

Clock Icon


Right Now!
Together, we are providing academic assistance, empowering communities, and changing lives!
Paper Icon


Providing opportunities for children to acquire valuable skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork, through interactive and hands-on activities. 
Question Icon


We provide free educational and comprehensive services, supported by compassionate mentors and volunteers.
Face Icon


Under-resourced children in our communities are being helped each day, all thanks to our dedicated staff, volunteer mentors, and donors (like you!), who are committed to making a positive impact in their lives.


The ripple effect

When a Leaven Kids center is established in a community, our children are provided with access to educational resources, mentorship, and a safe and supportive environment, which enables them to excel in school and reach their full potential.  Families start to believe for a better future, crime and gang activities are deterred,  property values rise, and communities are transformed!

Good intentions must be replaced by practical skill-building that prepares children for a new future.

Here’s what community transformation looks like:
(stats and stories about what a charity for children can do

Tell me the story
Just the facts
7O5A1892 (1)
As a parent of 5, this father didn't learn to read until he was in prison. He didn't want the same for his children. Site Director Deede built a strong relationship with him and his children, often staying late and continuing to help them through distance learning during COVID.
7O5A2310 (1)
Miriam came to Leaven Kids as a 4th grader, reading at a 1st-grade level. Leaven Kids had her help other young readers as she learned to read at a higher grade level, and coordinated with her teacher to create special homework. She now reads at a 5th grade level in 4th grade and even made the honor roll!
untitled-20-2 (1)-1
Reina, a regular at Leaven Kids for many years, has always dreamed of being a "cop with a dog." Leaven Kids arranged for her to meet canine officers Gutierrez and four-legged-partner Leon, who encouraged her to keep working hard. At the beginning of her 4th-grade year, her teacher said her reading level had raised an entire grade over the summer.

Leaven Kids’ model focuses on three primary areas: early education, crime reduction, and transformed communities.

"We've been able to measure a decrease in crime related to the opening of a Leaven Center."

Joe Allio  |  Police Chief, City of Fairfield (ret)

Illiteracy is common

1 in 7 people in Solano County over the age of 16 are illiterate.

Illiteracy is generational

72% of illiterate children have illiterate parents.

Illiteracy destroys futures

75% of state prison inmates are classified as low-literate.

Families want our centers

21% increase in tenant occupancy rates in rental complexes with Leaven centers.

Our model reduces crime

53% average decrease in crime in neighborhoods with a Leaven center. Stat varies by center.

100% improvement in skills

After one year at our center, 100% of children have significantly improved their literary and math skills.

Impact a child's life today!