#AlwaysThere – You

As the year ends, it’s a great time to look back at all we’ve done because of those who have been #AlwaysThere for Reach: You! Let’s look back at ten special moments that demonstrate all we’ve done in 2017.

EL Haynes - A to Z10) Tomorrow, 600 of our books will be shipped to Bureau of Prisons waiting rooms so children visiting incarcerated family members will have something to read. Earlier in the year, we partnered with Inner City Inner Child, Shout Mouse Press, and the DC Share Fund to distribute A to Z: The Real DC to 3,000 young readers in DC. To date, over 20,000 of our teen-authored books have been sold or distributed.

9) Reach won an Exemplary Project ARandy - Newspaperward from the Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education.

8) In the spring, the Rales Leadership Council – a group of tutors who provide guidance on issues of program policy – recommended to Reach’s board of directors that we launch a small scholarship program. In March, their proposal was approved, and in April, we granted our first five scholarships!

7) Darne’sha and Jakeyla became the thirteenth and fourteen tutors to earn the prestigious Junior Staff Hoodie.

6) In June, four Reach tutors spoke at graduation ceremonies. Mylia read a Jewel - Gradpoem, while Jewel and Litzi gave valedictory addresses. Additionally, Trevon, a tutor at HD Woodson, was invited to address the graduating 5th grade students at Drew Elementary, where he tutors twice each week.

5) We hired two new positions and moved into a new office space!

4) Teens in our Summer Leadership Academy granted $3,500 to local organizations through our Teen Philanthropy Challenge. The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project took home the $1,250 grand prize!

3) We launched our 9th program site, a partnership between Coolidge High and Whittier Education Campus. Additionally, our Dunbar tutors started tutoring at Center City PCS –Screen Shot 2017-12-28 at 8.25.24 PM Shaw.

2) 13 of our teens authored four new books. We celebrated their release at our annual Book Release Party.

1) We received a $300,000 investment from The Bender Foundation to support growth of our current programs and invest in additional supports to help teens with the transition to college or career.

We are working to build a community and an organization worthy of the kids we serve. With your continued support, we can do even more in 2018. If you’re already on our #AlwaysThere campaign donor list, thank you! If not, please consider making a year-end donation today!

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