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 of 2011. And, though the high school shares a campus with the school’s early grades, their profiles are actually somewhat different.

At the elementary school 45.5% of 3rd graders are “Approaching college and career ready or above,” according to the 2015 DC Public Charter School Board School Report. This at a school where 30% of the elementary school students are English Language Learners, a much higher percentage than at any of our other partner schools. At the high school, only 22% of readers are on track or college readiness and the most recent data available lists a graduation rate of just under 60%. Approximately 15% of the teens are English Language Learners.

E.L. Haynes is a strong organization with a strong reputation. And, due to the unique combination of students at the Kansas Avenue campus, this partnership with Reach could prove uniquely beneficial as the school includes both our teen tutors and their elementary school students. In partnership with the school’s leadership, we hope to contribute to improved outcomes, increased engagement, and the development of an even more caring school community. We are looking forward to getting started.

Growth Goal: Reach currently serves 250 participants at 5 DC sites in Wards 5, 6, and 8. During the 2016 – 2017 academic year, Reach expects to serve approximately 360 participants – 180 teen tutors and 180 elementary school students – at 8 sites in DC’s Wards 4 – 8.

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Job Posting: Program Associate

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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 continuous instructional improvement, and create communities grounded in Reach’s core beliefs. The Program Associate plays a uniquely powerful role in building multi-year relationships with participants and shaping program culture.

Salary: $45,000+, based on experience

After-School Program Support: Ensure values-based leadership and successful implementation of program curriculum at all program sites.

  • Attend sessions, Monday – Thursday.
  • Be present on site to manage challenges related to staffing and culture.
  • Ensure all participants are assessed using identified tool(s).
  • Support recruitment and enrollment processes.
  • Plan and host tutor outings to build strong relationships.

Tutor/Instructor Development & Support: Build relationships and support the continuous improvement of both Program Instructors and tutors.

  • Ensure fidelity to Reach Incorporated curriculum and culture.
  • Support Program Instructors as they develop individual and team goals for themselves and for their tutors.
  • Observe Program Instructors and provide feedback to improve instruction and community culture.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for Program Instructors and Liaison Teachers.
  • Support Program Instructors and Liaison Teachers in celebrating participant success and managing challenging behaviors.

Communications: Ensure communication of stories and successes to appropriate internal and external stakeholders.

  • Communicate significant program challenges to the Program Manager.
  • Ensure the appropriate documentation of student successes and challenges.
  • Advocate for participants both inside and outside of sessions by communicating with parents, teachers, and school leaders.

Other Projects:

  • Identify growth areas and provide leadership when aligned with Reach’s priorities.
  • Support, as needed, Reach’s Summer Leadership Academy.
  • Attend and support Reach events, including teen-author readings, book sales, and all major fundraising events.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to jobs@reachincorporated.org. In your cover letter, please describe your interest in this job and identify the ways in which you align with Reach’s core beliefs. Applications will be accepted until the job is filled. Preferred start date is on or before June 20, 2016.

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Growth. Part II.

Reach Incorporated is excited to announce our second expansion site for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. In the fall of 2016, we will grow our work at Anacostia High to include Orr Elementary School.

Located in Anacostia, Orr Elementary will soon move to a brand new facility, replacing the current open concept design. Orr students have a variety of extra-curricular options, and Reach will be offered to identified students through one of DC Public Schools’ Empowering Males of Color grants. According to the most recent data, only 12% of Orr students met expectations in reading, but we are sure that number will soon be rising.

This new partnership with Orr will allow us to grow our tutor cohort at Anacostia High. This year, we served 25 teens in partnership with Ketcham Elementary School. Next year, we expect to hire 40 teens who will serve students at both Ketcham and Orr. In addition to growing our tutor cohort at Anacostia, we will also attempt to strengthen our partnership by building more intentional partnerships with teachers and administrators.

Growth Goal: Reach currently serves 250 participants at 5 DC sites in Wards 5, 6, and 8. During the 2016 – 2017 academic year, Reach expects to serve approximately 360 participants – 180 teen tutors and 180 elementary school students – at 8 sites in DC’s Wards 4 – 8.

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Growth. Part I.

Reach Incorporated is excited to announce our first expansion site for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. In the fall of 2016, we are excited to begin work in partnership with Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School (TMA) and Savoy Elementary. These two schools, which actually share a gym, will now build community as TMA scholars tutor 2nd and 3rd grade students at Savoy.

Savoy Elementary School serves a population where 99% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch. With a strong focus on the arts, Savoy students aim to be “peerless in their academic achievements and fearless in their artistic accomplishments.” A DCPS priority school, Savoy is making significant strides under the leadership of Donyale Butler, a Mary Jane Patterson Fellow and second-year principal at Savoy.

Across the gym at Thurgood Marshall, a strong academic culture exists. Students are developed “to succeed in college and to actively engage in our democratic society.” Under the leadership of Rich Pohlman, TMA is one of the city’s strongest charter schools, but it does serve a population in which 73% of the students are economically disadvantaged and 57% qualify as at-risk. Additionally, because the high school sets such high academic standards, a significant number of 9th grade students struggle to transition to the school when not prepared by their middle school experiences. We want to help those TMA students stay and thrive while ensuring that Savoy’s students make the gains necessary for long-term success.

We are thrilled to be partnering with both schools, and we look forward to begin our work together this fall.

Growth Goal: Reach currently serves 250 participants at 5 DC sites in Wards 5, 6, and 8. During the 2016 – 2017 academic year, Reach expects to serve approximately 360 participants – 180 teen tutors and 180 elementary school students – at 8 sites in DC’s Wards 4 – 8.

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Great Week. Seriously.

Is our work impactful? It’s a question we ask regularly. And, this week, we got some good evidence that the answer is year:

1) This year, our friends at Shout Mouse Press submitted two of our books for the IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. This week, we learned that both the books – The Blue Spark and A Little Girl in a Big, Big World – were named finalists in the Child Author category.

2) In the last week, seven – yes, SEVEN! – of our teens earned the DC Achievers Scholarship. Each of our seven youth are eligible for up to $60,000 in scholarship money to support their college dreams:

  • Anacostia Senior High: Jaleel, Jewel & Zaniquar
  • Ballou Senior High: Darne’sha, Herbert & Litzi
  • Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS: Tavian

3) Rashaan, a 2015 Eastern Senior High graduate, completed boot camp this week and is now officially a US Marine.

4) Kyare, another 2015 Eastern Senior High graduate, came back to visit during spring break. In his first year at Morehouse College, Kyare is doing really well. This week, he joined us when Reach was visited by a group of local philanthropists. He represented us well as we discussed the ways Reach had played a role in his life. When Kyare finished talking, I asked our visitors whether they had any additional questions. There response: “Wow. No.”

Is our work impactful? Yes.

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2016 Book Grants

Nonprofit organizations spend a lot of time raising money. At Reach, we’ve always thought it important to be generous with our resources as well. During our summer program, our teens have given away more than $7,500 through our Teen Philanthropy Challenge. And, to date, we have given away more than 4,000 of our teen-authored children’s books.

This year, we launched a new process, allowing any DC schools or organizations to apply for book grants. This week, we announced grants of over 2,000 books to 19 local recipient organizations. We’re so excited to announce our first round of grants:

Center City Public Charter School – Capitol Hill. 100 Books.
Books will be given to 2nd and 3rd grade students for use during silent sustained reading each morning.

Center City Public Charter School. 50 Books.
Books may be checked out by students interested in reading them during morning and afternoon reading time.

DC Public Schools Libraries. 324 Books.
Sets of all four 2015 books will be granted to all 81 DC Public Schools libraries serving elementary school readers.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 40 Books.
As part of a community service project, this group is assisting 20 children during their transition into foster care through The Pajama Program.

The Fishing School. 65 Books.
Books will be used as read aloud selections during the organization’s summer program and performed as plays during an annual family literacy night.

Garrison Elementary School. 100 Books.
Students from Howard University are beginning an after-school program and will use these books in their work with elementary school students.

Generation Hope. 50 Books.
Books will be provided to the children of Generation Hope scholars, all teen mothers pursuing a college degree in the DC region.

Inner City Inner Child. 60 Books.
Books will be given to 60 pre-k students enrolled in the organization’s Dancing with Books program.

Jubilee JumpStart. 50 Books.
Books will be used to encourage parents to read at home to their kids, as gifts for pre-k graduates, and as incentives for attendance at parent meetings

King Elementary School. 75 Books.
Books will be used in a burgeoning literacy club that will turn these books into readers theater scripts.

Marie Reed Elementary. 140 Books.
Books will be distributed at a teen author event or at the school’s annual career day.

Nobel Learning Communities. 50 Books.
Books will be distributed to children in various day care classrooms.

Payne Elementary School. 160 Books.
Books will be used as part of the school’s initiative to increase the amount of time students spend reading.

Reading Partners DC. 120 Books.
Books will be used to stock the Take Reading Home Libraries at each of the organization’s reading centers.

Savoy Elementary. 180 Books.
Books will be used to encourage students to think of themselves as authors and to prepare for upcoming reading and writing assessments.

Tubman Elementary. 100 Books.
Books will be distributed to classroom libraries and given to students to build their classroom libraries.

Turning The Page. 180 Books.
Books will be distributed at community nights so that participating families can build their at home libraries and encourage positive literacy practices.

Young Playwrights Theater. 26 Books.
Two sets of our books will be auctioned off at an upcoming event to raise funds to support continued programming in DC schools.

Walker Jones Education Campus. 180 Books.
Books would be distributed at a Family Fun Night during which the school engages students and their families.

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Major Gift Announcement

REACH INCORPORATED RECEIVES TWO-YEAR,
$200,000 GRANT FROM THE BETHESDA FOUNDATION
TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

Washington DC – January 28, 2016 – Reach Incorporated, a DC program that trains high school students to be elementary school reading tutors and children’s book authors, announces a $200,000 investment from The Bethesda Foundation, Inc.

Reach’s unique model trains struggling teen readers to support elementary school students in need of additional support to achieve proficiency by the end of 3rd grade. Through this unique relationship, both the teen tutors and their elementary school students experience significant reading growth. Young readers receive individualized support while teen tutors solidify foundational literacy skills in an engaging and empowering way.

The organization was recently honored with the National Book Foundation’s 2015 Innovations in Reading Prize.

Mark Hecker, Executive Director of Reach Incorporated, reported, “This gift from The Bethesda Foundation will contribute significantly to our effort to double in size by fall 2017. With these funds, we will deepen our commitment to addressing DC’s literacy crisis through innovative programs that leverage the potential of teens.”

Since 2010, Reach Incorporated has operated after-school programs in DC public schools, public charter schools, and community-based settings. Elementary school participants average one-and-a-half grade levels of reading growth per year of participation while their teen tutors average more than two grade levels of growth per year. Additionally, the program cultivates high-level leadership skills and graduates 90% of its tutors on time, though it recruits tutors with significant academic and social needs. Teen tutors also write, publish, and distribute children’s books aimed at engaging young readers like the ones they tutor.

Rachel Kronstadt Mann of The Bethesda Foundation said, “[We are] proud to support this innovative program because reading is so important. It is the key to learning, living and working in the modern world. The lifelong benefits are incalculable, both for the kids and society as a whole.”

This investment will allow Reach to build the capacity necessary to serve additional schools and students. Through this work, Reach will address the needs of adolescent learners while ensuring that younger readers never fall behind.

Media Inquiries: Please contact Selamawit “Sully” Mulugeta at sully@reachincorporated.org or (202) 445 – 4263, or visit the website at www.reachincorporated.org.

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Welcome Kim!

IMG_0950In the last couple weeks, we have had the opportunity to celebrate the addition of our newest, full-time employee. Kim Davis (we hear rumors that her name is already trending on Twitter!), is a new Program Associate, part of a reorganization to better support each of our program sites. She will be overseeing programming at Anacostia, Beacon House, and Dunbar.

A native of New York and the daughter of a teacher, Kim has been working in DC since 2011. Following her graduation from George Washington University, Kim served two years as a Corps Member and Senior Corps Member for City Year at Kramer Middle School in DC’s Anacostia neighborhood.

After completing her service with City Year, Kim joined For Love of Children (FLOC), a neighborhood tutoring program that provides support around academics and college access. During her second year at FLOC, Kim was the organization’s Employee of the Year.

In the last couple weeks, Kim has had the opportunity to meet the Program Instructors and tutors that will become her colleagues during this school year. When she visited our Anacostia tutors at Ketcham Elementary for the first time, she was greeted by shouts of “Ms. Kim!” as they recognized her from their middle school days at Kramer. The excitement of those tutors showed us that we made a good decision bringing Kim onto our team.

We’re excited about the work she will do and the relationships she will build. By bringing exceptional talent onto our growing team, we know we will be able to make Reach both bigger and better in the years to come.

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Let’s Be Honest

Let’s be honest.

The mayor is now discussing the expansion of police powers to address a rise in crime. Some say she’s finally doing something.

In May, Dior told me her father was murdered. “He got shot in the head,” she said matter-of-factly. There were no press conferences. Our city did not consider it an emergency.

In June, Ashley told me her god-brother was murdered. Someone wanted his belt. He didn’t want to give it up. So, he was killed. Our city did not consider it an emergency.

In July, Dache told us her brother’s best friend was murdered. It was unintended. It was random. It was fatal. Our city did not consider it an emergency.

In 2006, people were scared. The city declared an emergency. My client, Joseph, was arrested. The feds framed his arrest as a success related to some recent crimes around the national mall. He didn’t commit them. They knew that. Our city supported those police actions. After all, crime on the mall was an emergency.

People kill people when they don’t recognize humanity. People care about people killing people when they recognize humanity. All of a sudden, it’s an emergency.

Let’s be honest.

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Thanks Dominique!

By Lori Pitts, Curriculum & Creativity Coordinator

Reach had a superhero working with us this summer. I’m sorry we didn’t tell you earlier, but everyone knows if you reveal a superhero’s identity, it means she can’t get her work done. But her stay with us has ended…so now, it’s time.

Some know her as Justice, but we knew her true identity, Dominique Beaudry. Her powers include: endless knowledge, laser beam focus, instant connections, getting work done faster than a speeding bullet, and extreme thoroughness.

Working with Dominique was a true pleasure. Reach, and our tutors, greatly benefited from having her with us this summer. Dominique came to us fresh from graduating from a little-known super hero school called Duke University. She has a true passion for teaching and will be teaching in Malaysia starting in January 2016 as part of a Fulbright scholarship. Did I mention she was a superhero? While here at Reach, she managed to research statistics on school attendance, reading levels, and retention rates; plan a video project; help with our summer program; and build strong relationships with a number of our summer program participants. She also managed to teach me something new everyday. I learned about history, economics, politics, and how to become a better citizen from Dominique. She truly left her mark here.

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She also left Mark here, but that’s a different story.

 

 

We wish you luck in your future, Dominique! Thanks for sharing your powers with us. We hope others can witness those powers in the short video below.

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