LEEP Programs Overview

LEEP offers a variety of programs to fit the individual needs of our participants. Some programs are offered on a one-time basis while others run for weeks at a time. The following is a list of program categories that we offer.

Special Olympics
LEEP sponsors 14 different sporting opportunities throughout the year. Volunteers could assist by coaching a specific team, being an assistant coach/chaperone or working one-to-one with individual athletes. Examples of some sports are volleyball, basketball, aquatics, track and softball.

Classes
Each class is offered once a week for a 3-4 week period. During this time, participants focus on learning new skills required for the class or improving skills they have already developed. Possible classes may include: reading club, walking club, horseback riding, arts/crafts and cooking.

Day Program
Day Program is geared toward the retiring/retirement-age participant. It is held twice a week at various locations in and around Mankato. An emphasis is placed on providing constructive and meaningful activities while maintaining an appropriate social environment. Possible activities may include: fitness, arts/crafts, tours, card games and fishing.

Drop-Ins
Drop-ins are held Monday and Wednesday evenings and are loosely structured activities promoting appropriate social skills in a fun environment. Activities range from crafts, movies, parties, karaoke and educational tours.

Special Events
Each month we offer one-time, special event opportunities to various locations throughout Minnesota. Possible activities include: amusement parks, shopping, museums, sporting events, picnics, plays and concerts

Vacations
LEEP offers a variety of vacation options yearly to give our participants the opportunity to travel and explore different cultures, food, entertainment and unforgettable sights.

Teen Rec Club
Structured, social activities for teens to participate in on a monthly basis. Activities may include: sledding, movies, pizza parties, dances and swimming.

Summer Rec Program
Designed to provide structured activities for teens with disabilities in transition. The program runs for 9 weeks during the summer from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Activities may include: swimming lessons, money management classes, nutrition, special events, tours and volunteerism.

Little Leepers
This structured program offers a social opportunity for children 4 - 8 years of age and incorporates crafts, sports, game, and music as well as many other creative activities in a safe and supportive environment.

Fall Elegance Dinner & Dance
Each year LEEP collaborates with ISD 77 Community Services ACCESS and MRCI to host our Fall Elegance Dinner and Dance, an extraordinary event which honors the contributions made to our community by persons with developmental disabilities. The red carpet is rolled out and they are treated to an evening consisting of a social hour, keynote speaker, an exquisite dinner, entertainment, and finally, a dance. A professional photographer is on hand to take each person's picture which they can take home at the end of the evening.