TAP IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Welcome to Tap In

Tap In Leadership Academy (Tap In) is a relationship-centered, Afterschool and Summer Enrichment Program that creates communities of leaders and engaged scholars who think in a new perspective about themselves, their community, and the world. Tap In refers to its youth as scholars to affirm their knowledge, skills, and potential. Our program serves as an extension to home and school experiences.

Our Programs

Afterschool Enrichment Program (AEP)

Our Afterschool Enrichment Program serves scholars at several locations throughout Central Illinois: Booker T. Washington Elementary School, Centennial High School, Edison Middle School, Garden Hills Elementary School, Jefferson Middle School, Kenwood Elementary School, and Stratton Elementary School. The program provides scholars one-to-one tutoring in the areas of math, science, technology, and language. Tap In staff and dedicated volunteers from the University of Illinois and Parkland College serve as mentor/tutors for our scholars. Our curriculum is derived from Illinois State Standards, approved 4-H curriculum, and innovative S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) modules. Learn more about our Afterschool Enrichment Program.

Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)

Our Summer Enrichment Program is fundamentally based on intentional learning. During morning sessions, scholars participate in academic activities with a strong emphasis on literacy, cultural awareness, leadership, and service learning. In the afternoon, scholars embark on intentional learning through recreational activities. Scholars learn about health and fitness through activities such as the Tap In Olympics, and explore cultural learning through visual and performing arts. A popular experience is the Tap In Bank and Store! Learn more about our Summer Enrichment Program

Family Enrichment Program (FEP)

Our Family Enrichment Program provides Tap In parents with special workshops, training, and connections to community resources. Tap In believes in the necessity of family and community collaboration, and recognizes parents and family members as key members of our team. Tap In believes in a holistic approach to child development. We recognize the role of parents in their child’s success, and therefore, we work to create active, productive relationships with the families of our scholars. Parents enjoy learning alongside their scholars. 4-H extension has provided personality assessments to parents and scholars to help them better communicate. Tap In offers free workshops with topics ranging from Adult Cyber Night and Financial Literacy to Lotion Making Classes for scholars and their parents to enjoy quality time.

Tap In Prep Academy (TIPA)

The Tap In Prep Academy is our school readiness, pre-k program specifically designed to serve the youngest members of our community starting at age 4 through 5. The goal of this program is to provide a solid foundation for academic success in kindergarten and beyond. Tap In Prep Academy provide educational foundations necessary for kindergarten readiness which 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. Learn more about the Tap In Prep Academy.

Kickback Lounge (KBL)

Tap In Leadership Academy opened the community’s first Kickback Lounge (KBL); a high-tech space that middle school scholars conceptualized, designed and built featuring digital literacy. It includes a music recording and film production studio and a digital deejay boot. The KBL serves as a gathering place for Champaign and Urbana’s youth after Tap In program hours as a way of producing a productive, safe space and encourages many youth to stay with Tap In friends or make new ones over the weekend.

Contact Us!
+1 217-403-3710
2011 Round Barn Rd.,
Champaign, IL 61821

TAP IN LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Welcome to Tap In

Tap In Leadership Academy (Tap In) is a relationship-centered, Afterschool and Summer Enrichment Program that creates communities of leaders and engaged scholars who think in a new perspective about themselves, their community, and the world. Tap In refers to its youth as scholars to affirm their knowledge, skills, and potential. Our program serves as an extension to home and school experiences.

Tap In News

Overview of meeting held by Carol Ammons and Senator Scott Bennett on June 21, 2016

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016 Carol Ammons, a Democratic representative of the 103rd district of the House of Representatives, held a informational meeting with State Senator Scott Bennett at the Champaign Public Library. During the meeting they were updating the public on the status of the budget crisis within the state of Illinois and advising us if they see an end to the crisis in the near future. They stated that they most difficult part in trying to pass bills and a budget is that the governor is not willing to negotiate. Without having a budget the state of Illinois has not been able to pay any of its bills which has now accumulated more than $70 million dollars in interest fees, this crisis will be having a long lasting effect on this state and the states citizens. Within the past two years Illinois has fallen to the state with the highest unemployment rate in the country!

Carol Ammons and State Senator Scott Bennett made it clear that they are representing the people within their district and they have our best interest when negotiating on bills. As citizens we have the ability to make a difference and for our voice to be heard. You can call the Governor’s office at (217) 782-0244 and make a plea to have our best interest at hand and sign the bills that are on his desk that the House and Senate have passed. For example bill 2038 passed in both the House and the Senate four weeks ago, all that is needed now is for the Governor to sign off on the bill, which he has yet to do. Let’s all come together and let our voices be heard so we can stop the downward spiral of the state of Illinois.

Celebrating our 6 Year Anniversary

Established February 24, 2010

  • From one city to three
  • One school to eleven
  • Three families to over 400
  • Fifteen scholars to over 1,800
  • School Readiness Program, Tap In Prep Academy (Pre-K)


Tap In News

On this day in history, in 1876 Isaiah Dorman passed away during the Battle of the Little Bighorn, he was the only black man killed in the fight. Dorman was a former slave who served as an interpreter for the United States Army during the Indian Wars, there is very little information that is known on Dorman’s life. In 1865, he was hired to carry mail on a 360 mile round trip between Fort Rice and Wadsworth for $100 a month, which was considered good pay at the time. He did not have a horse at this time and walked the entire distance with his sleeping bag over his shoulder and the mail in a water proof pouch, he did this for about two years. He lived with the Lakota tribe as a trapper and trader and married a young woman of Inkpaduta’s band of the Santee Sioux. In the late spring of 1876, George Armstrong Custer hired Dorman as an interpreter for his expedition to the Little Bighorn Country. #365Black #Educate #Equip #Empower ... See MoreSee Less

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What will you be having for dinner Tuesday night?! On Tuesday, June 28, 2016, Tap In will be having a fundraiser at your local Monical's Pizza! You can dine in or order for delivery! All patrons must have a physical copy of the flyer in order to ensure 20% of your total is donated to Tap In! Spread the word and invite your friends and family to join the event and download your copy today!!
#TapIn #TapInTakeOver #Monicals #Pizza #CommunityDay #Fundraiser #ForTheChildren #Educate #Equip #Empower
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Tap In Leadership Academy's Monical's Community Day Fundraiser!

June 28, 2016, 11:00am - June 28, 2016, 10:30pm

Dine in or order for carry out at Monical’s on N. Mattis or S. Philo Road to support Tap In! Ensure you bring a flyer or pull up the Facebook page for the downloadable link, so that 20% of your proc...

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