MindLeaps creates educational paths for the most vulnerable children in the world through a creative arts program that is built on data-driven metrics.
On July 16, MindLeaps students performed in the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali, Rwanda. They performed a new piece by American dancer and choreographer Kirven Douthit-Boyd. Watch the performance here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Misty Copeland and MindLeaps International Artists’ Fund
In 2018, 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.
“Building Our Bodies & Our Minds” in Mauritania
MindLeaps, in partnership with SOS Pairs Educateurs, enrolls 120 at-risk girls in MindLeaps dance program to improve mental health. They will receive essential meals and be supported to return to school. Thank you to Together Women Rise for making this possible. In 2021, MindLeaps expanded its work to further youth in Mauritania through the support of the U.S. Embassy in Mauritania.