Author Archives: Mark Hecker

Tutor Profile: Dartavius

by Elizabeth Spagnoletti A junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Dartavius is an unassuming, soft-spoken teenager with clear answers. When asked why he applied to be a Reach Incorporated tutor, he admits he came for the money but stayed for a different reason. “I realized it was a fun working and learning experience,” he […]

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Alumni Profile: Marc & Ricardo

They were inseparable until they were separated. They had both finished 10th grade at a local charter school when the announcement was made: The school was going to close. They could have both stayed for 11th grade, but they knew it was best to avoid a 12th grade transfer. Marc transferred to Ballou, Ricardo to […]

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Tutor Profile: De’Asia

By Elizabeth Spagnoletti De’Asia likes a challenge. Though English is her favorite subject, she chose to enroll in the Dr. Charles Drew STEM Academy at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.  “I’m learning to like math,” she says of the irony. Also, unlike many teenagers, she loves her high school.  “It’s full of energy,” she says.  […]

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Many Hands: One Year Later

On May 13, 2016, we received a phone call from our friend, Carolyn. After an intensive process, culminating in the previous night’s final presentations, she told us that we had won the grand prize from Many Hands, a local, woman-run giving circle. The prize: $100,000. The gift was meant to be transformative. And, for Reach, […]

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2017 Book Grants

We are excited to announce our 2017 Book Grants! Due to the incredible financial support received during our end of year campaign, we are granting 2,500 of our teen-authored books to schools and organizations across DC. A full list of grants is below. Through these grantee partners, we will place the stories created by our […]

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Tutor Profile: Abreona

By Elizabeth Spagnoletti Abreona Curtis needed a job.  Despite having younger siblings, she felt no calling to work with elementary school students.  She had no passion to become a published author.  She was not actively searching for a community.  Abreona just wanted to earn some money. At Reach Incorporated, Abreona found the job, which means […]

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With each year, the number of Program Instructors working with our young people grows. These exceptionally talented people are our front line. They train our tutors, supervise tutoring sessions, support our young people during hard times, and celebrate them when things go well. This year, we had 12 incredible instructors, and we thank them for […]

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Thank you, Jusna.

Dear Jusna, “The first follower is actually an underestimated form of leadership in itself. It takes guts to stand out like that.” – Derek Sivers, How To Start A Movement Looking back, it’s almost comical. You applied for a job with an organization that barely existed. There was no staff. There was no office.  On […]

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Growth. Part III.

Today, we are excited to announce our third new partnership for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Starting this fall, we will begin work at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, our first site in Ward 4. Since 2004, E.L. Haynes has been serving elementary school students. The high school did not open until the fall […]

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Job Posting: Program Associate

Program Associate – Job Description Organizational Overview: Reach Incorporated develops confident readers and capable leaders by preparing teens to serve as tutors and role models for younger students, creating academic improvement for both. Position Overview: The Program Associate will supervise and support Program Instructors, address successes and challenges at after-school sites, create a culture of […]

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