Author Archives: Mark Hecker

Demond: No Diploma, National Champion

The problem of chronic absenteeism is complex. In recent months, many have weighed in on this issue following reporting on challenges uncovered at a number of DC high schools. This year’s senior class experienced unusually strict accountability due to public outrage. But, by responding reactively to public outrage, local leaders failed to truly understand the […]

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Announcement: 2018 Book Grants!

We are thrilled to announce our 2018 Book Grants. This spring, we will give away over 2,500 teen-authored books to young readers across the District of Columbia. You can learn about all our books here. Our newest grantees are listed below (number of books in parentheses): Black Girls Matter, Lois Void (40) For use in […]

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Alumna Profile: Leah

We’ve seen a lot of Leah* recently. She’s been in the office once a week. Working. During the last month, we’ve been all about Reach’s #AlwaysThere campaign. But, it’s important that you know why. Why is it important that we’re always there? *Leah is not her real name. Leah reached out to us a couple […]

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#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. 10) Tomorrow, 600 of our books will be shipped to Bureau of Prisons waiting rooms so […]

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#AlwaysThere – Aunt Mary

This post was authored by Kim Davis, one of Reach’s site managers, and is part of our year-end #AlwaysThere campaign. Aunt Mary is my second mother. She helped raise me. Her daycare center, Aunt Mary’s Little Family, is down the street from my parents’ house. I started attending the daycare center when I was a […]

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#AlwaysThere – My Father

This post was authored by Mark Hecker, Reach’s executive director, and is part of our year-end #AlwaysThere campaign. In the first post of this campaign, I told the story of my mother. It was her presence that allowed me to succeed where others might have failed. Though gone shortly after my 13th birthday, my father […]

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#AlwaysThere – William’s Friends

Through the end of the year, we’ll be sharing stories that demonstrate our year-end campaign theme: #AlwaysThere. It’s what inspires Reach’s work, and it’s what we try to be for our kids. We hope you’ll use #AlwaysThere to tell us your stories using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And, when so inspired, we hope you’ll visit […]

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#AlwaysThere: A Special Wedding Gift

Through the end of the year, we’ll be sharing stories that demonstrate our year-end campaign theme: #AlwaysThere. It’s what inspires Reach’s work, and it’s what we try to be for our kids. We hope you’ll use #AlwaysThere to tell us your stories using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And, when so inspired, we hope you’ll visit […]

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#AlwaysThere: Brittany

Through the end of the year, we’ll be sharing stories that demonstrate our year-end campaign theme: #AlwaysThere. It’s what inspires Reach’s work, and it’s what we try to be for our kids. We hope you’ll use #AlwaysThere to tell us your stories using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And, when so inspired, we hope you’ll visit […]

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#AlwaysThere: Reading

Through the end of the year, we’ll be sharing stories that demonstrate our year-end campaign theme: #AlwaysThere. It’s what inspires Reach’s work, and it’s what we try to be for our kids. We hope you’ll use #AlwaysThere to tell us your stories using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And, when so inspired, we hope you’ll visit […]

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