Our Mission

MindLeaps creates educational paths for the most vulnerable children in the world through a creative arts program that is built on data-driven metrics.

Join the NYC Teaching Team

MindLeaps seeks male-identifying instructors in NYC with backgrounds in education, dance, movement or sports. The instructors should have experience working with children. One paid position is available immediately. Email jesse@mindleaps.org for more details.

Who We Are

MindLeaps is a not-for-profit organization staffed by dance instructors, educators, social workers, counselors and administrators, all dedicated to building a bridge to education and positive livelihoods through dance.

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What We Do

We engage kids in fun dance classes that are part of a carefully crafted curriculum to develop the key cognitive and social-emotional skills vital to success in school and work.

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Why We Do It

We believe that changing mindsets and opening the door to education and employment can change the future for youths who might otherwise be abandoned to hopelessness or radicalization.

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How We Know It Works

We monitor and evaluate progress with Tracker, our software program specifically designed to collect data and measure development of critical learning skills.

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Misty Copeland and MindLeaps International Artists’ Fund

Ballet superstar Misty Copeland returned to Rwanda to help vulnerable girls and refugee children. She shared her story and continues to provide a voice for these youth through MindLeaps’ International Artists Fund.

Travel this Summer with MindLeaps

Visit MindLeaps programs and tour the country through these exclusive guided tours. Participants will observe the operations of the center, meet MindLeaps students, dance trainers and staff, and tour local cultural and historical sites. Trips in Summer 2022 will go to Rwanda July 11-16, and Guinea, August 8-13. You can also volunteer at MindLeaps Rwanda for four to eight weeks this summer. Email info@mindleaps.org or call 646.902.1295 for more details.