Where the path to transformation begins

We plant learning centers inside apartment buildings in low-income and crime-ridden neighborhoods—where no one else is willing to go. Staffed with committed staff and volunteers, children are provided with practical support that leads 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
Former CEO, Jelly Belly
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It works. It just does.
Mayor John Carli
Mayor, City of Vacaville, 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 children out of their neighborhood, We bring change right to their doorsteps.

When we arrive

We bring a positive change to the neighborhoods. Our work gives children a feeling of safety and hope, even in the midst of brokenness.

We Skip Theories

By bringing our services to the children, we tailor our resources to meet the specific needs of each community.

Hope Comes Alive

We empower children and families to envision and pursue a brighter future by equipping them with the necessary skills and resources to turn their dreams into reality.

The reality of change.

We get to celebrate the achievements of the children we serve as their neighborhoods transform into safe and nurturing environments where they can learn, grow, and thrive.

  • Confidence replaces fear

  • Proficiency replaces failure and hopelessness

  • Graduation rates improve and crime rates reduce

  • Positive behaviors that promote physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing are developed


Leaven Kids at a Glance


We support children where they live, so they can thrive and reach their full potential.

Learning Centers

Our educational programs are designed to help children excel academically and are aligned with each school's reading program. In addition, our dedicated volunteers serve as mentors to improve reading comprehension, math skills, and homework completion.


We foster hope and skill-building for a bright future by emphasizing both creativity and knowledge in the five key areas of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

Summer Success

To prevent learning loss during the summer months, we offer a six-week summer series that promotes academic development while also providing fun and unique experiences that broaden children's horizons.

Community Involvement

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 encourage healthy lifestyles, we model and teach healthy eating habits and nutrition to children by providing nutritious snacks and engaging them in our community garden where they learn about growing and preparing healthy foods.

Community Service Projects

 We strive to build healthy relationships and cultivate an ethic of giving back through various service projects in cooperation with local police, schools, and leaders. These projects provide children with valuable opportunities to connect with their community and make a positive impact.

Delivering tangible change in the most crime ridden neighborhoods.

Here's where you come in.

Sponsoring a child is easy!   Even a small amount can go a long way toward improving a child's life.