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L.E.A.P. (Learn, Earn, Advance, Prosper) is a network of interconnected partners utilizing the “earn-and-learn” approach that will link the city’s unemployed residents with employment, education and training opportunities. The earn-and-learn approach applies the apprenticeship model to skill development, allowing individuals to earn a wage while participating in an on-the-job training experience and concurrently participating in related technical instruction. This framework allows individuals to earn wages and accumulate work experience thus bolstering their ability to advance along a career pathway and into the middle class.

The deadline to apply for the current cohort of the L.E.A.P Academy closed on July 23, 2017. Information on future L.E.A.P Academy opportunities will be posted as it becomes available. There are many other employment and training possibilities in the Washington Metropolitan area and DOES can help you find the opportunity best suited to your skills and interests.  Visit a nearby American Job Center to learn more, or visit us online at

Who is eligible?

  • Must be a current District of Columbia resident
  • Must be a current Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipient
  • Must meet minimum qualifications and suitability requirements for available positions (Note: You may be subject to a criminal history check, random drug test, consumer credit check, and a review of traffic recorded and/or other comprehensive background investigations as it relates to the duties of the position).
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must have a High School Diploma, GED Certificate or higher
  • Must be committed to successfully completing the 12-month training program
  • Must not be currently enrolled in a D.C. subsidized employment program.
  • Must pass a basic computer skills test administered during the interview process

If you have any questions about L.E.A.P. or the application process, please email [email protected]