REACH INCORPORATED RECEIVES TWO-YEAR,
$200,000 GRANT FROM THE BETHESDA FOUNDATION
TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE
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 email@example.com or (202) 445 – 4263, or visit the website at www.reachincorporated.org.