We can break the cycle if we change how it starts.

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It starts right where they live.

Learning centers for children 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.

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Stop waiting for a broken system to change.
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Deliver it right where the children live.
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Practical learning and life skills provided by supportive mentors and tutors.
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Life-filled leaders serving in neighborhoods where no one else is willing to go.


The ripple effect


Using all of these ingredients, kids do better in school, families start to believe for a better future, crime and gangs are robbed of their prey, property values rise, and community image changes.

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
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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.
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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!
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Reina, a regular at the Leaven for many years, has always dreamed of being a "cop with a dog." Leaven 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.

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