Leadership and Employment Acceleration Program (LEAP)

The Leadership and Employment Acceleration Program (LEAP) aids team members at Our Future Reads in becoming leaders and gaining skills in fields they have an interest in further pursuing. During LEAP, team members work on real-world projects here at Our Future Reads and learn how to solve a plethora of problems, as well as find solutions to make a real difference in the Chicagoland community. LEAP team members meet with a mentor each week to catch up on all that has been learned and to guide the team in the right direction. Additionally, LEAP assists team members in obtaining a job after graduating from the program, so they can continue to do spectacular things. Our Future Reads writes letters of recommendation, provides college credit, and promises to advocate for those that have gone through LEAP. Team members at Our Future Reads LEAP ahead of the competition when it comes to landing their dream job.


Testimonials From LEAP Participants


Mandi Laudenslager

Mandi Laudenslager

What is your position here at Our Future Reads?

Social Media Specialist

Favorite project you have worked on?

Editing for the Instagram posts!

What do you like most about working at OFR?

The creativity I get to express!



Nirkunna Nagaraj

Nirkunna Nagaraj

What is your position here at Our Future Reads?

Blog Writer

Favorite project you have worked on?

My love for the written word was bequeathed on me by great authors whose works I had the honor to read. So, quoting them with captions on what those precious words meant to me on OFR’s social media platforms has been a privilege.

What do you like most about working at OFR?

Helping those in need. It always puts a huge smile on my face when we get positive feedback and are told how happy we have made the recipients of our books.



Chen Huyan

Chen Huyan

What is your position here at Our Future Reads?

Software Developer

Favorite project you have worked on?

Creating QR codes for each book we have in stock.

What do you like most about working at OFR?

I love working at OFR because of the flexible working hours, all the colleagues are super friendly, and for the work we do!


Places LEAP Participants Have Gone On To Work



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