Tap In Leadership Academy (Tap In) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit academic enrichment organization. The mission of Tap In Leadership Academy is to enhance educational achievement, support leadership development, and captivate cultural awareness so that all of our Scholars are college and career ready. The Tap In Way® affirms the existing knowledge, skills, and potential of Scholars and creates equitable opportunities for intellectual, social, and emotional growth. The vision of Tap In Leadership Academy is to educate, equip and empower Scholars to become the next generation of leaders.
Tap In Prep Academy is our Early Education Center, specifically designed to serve the youngest members of our community, beginning at six weeks old. The goal of this program is to provide a solid foundation for academic success in kindergarten and beyond. TIPA provides educational foundations necessary for kindergarten readiness and incorporates Tap In’s style of culturally-relevant teaching to reflect the Tap In Way®: leadership development, cultural awareness, self-directed learning, tender loving care, and the Tap In tradition of a relationship-centered community.
Our Afterschool Enrichment Program serves Scholars from Kindergarten through High School. Our AEP features an academic hour with trained Team Members and dedicated volunteers from the University of Illinois and Parkland College to assist with homework help and test preparation, and to equip Scholars with an abundance of study tips. Scholars then transition into a variety of enrichment activities based on their interests to fuel educational achievement, leadership development, and cultural advancement. Curriculum is derived from Tap In’s Culturally-Integrated Literacy Curriculum (CILC), 4-H curriculum, and innovative S.T.E.A.M. resources. Some examples include 4-H Clubs, Lego robotics, dance, cooking, intramural sports teams, African drumming, web design, and digital photography!
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