Where the path to transformation begins

We plant learning centers inside apartment buildings in the most crime-ridden neighborhoods—where no one else is willing to go. Staffed with committed tutors and mentors, children and families get new skills and practical hope that is leading to documented neighborhood transformation.

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It's a pleasure to be involved with this and just to see lives changed and kids encouraged. So they know someone loves them and cares about them. And how they can learn to trust people when there are people there they can count on.
Lisa Brasher
CEO, Jelly Belly
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It works. It just does.
John Carli
Retired Chief of Police, City of Vacaville, CA
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My money is on Leaven Kids. What’s accomplished is so dramatic.
Harry Price
Mayor, City of Fairfield, CA
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Right away, I was all in. They’re doing such great things… all over the State of California.
Bill Dodd
State Senator

Instead of taking just a few children out of their neighborhood, we bring the change right to their door.

When we arrive

neighborhoods are places where brokenness is easy to see and the community feels their problems are beyond hope

We skip theories

and get to work offering personal tutoring, STEAM, and targeted learning right where the cycle begins: with the children in their own buildings.

Hope comes alive

as children and families discover that they can plan for a different future, and they can master the skills to make it real.

The reality of change.

We get to watch what happens as their
home turf becomes a place where they learn and grow.

  • Confidence replaces fear and dread

  • Mastery replaces failure and hopelessness

  • Graduation rates improve and crime rates reduce

  • Healthy behaviors replace at-risk habits


Leaven Kids at a Glance


Learning Centers

Tutoring programs that help students to excel academically are aligned with each school's reading program along with tutors who act as mentors to improve reading comprehension, math, and homework skills.


We build hope and skills for the best future by developing both creativity and knowledge in the five focus areas of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.

Summer Success

To combat learning loss during the summer and to expand our impact we provide a 6-week summer series that continues their academic development and offers fun and unique experiences that expand their horizons.


Market Leader Experiences

National and local business leaders interact with children to give them an “outside their world” experience of leadership and opportunity that excites and inspires them.

Healthy Eating + Active Living

To support growth and build healthy lifestyles we model and teach healthy eating and nutrition with snacks, gardens, and new food experiences.

Community Bridge-Building

To help build healthy relationships and an ethic of giving back, we offer outreach and service projects in cooperation with police, schools, and local charities that connect the children to the experience of making a difference.

Delivering tangible change in the most crime ridden neighborhoods.

Here's where you come in.

Sponsoring a child in the United States doesn't have to be difficult. You'll be surprised how much difference your support can make, and how far a little help can reach.