Category Archives: Ed Reform Notes


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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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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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 […]

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Dear Reach Team

Dear Reach Team: This year was the first time it became real to me. I had to let go. For so long, I had been the primary relationship for so many of our tutors and students. This year, I had to stop. I had to realize the Reach was only as strong as you. It […]

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2015 Innovations in Literacy Award

Washington, D.C. (May 6, 2015) – The National Book Foundation today announced that Reach Incorporated has been awarded the 2015 Innovations in Reading Prize. Reach improves youth literacy outcomes in Washington D.C. by training high school students, who are not thriving in school, to be elementary school reading tutors and children’s book authors. The award […]

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Honesty & Integrity in Evaluation

For the first time, we included the statement below in a grant proposal. This is our effort to proactively define what makes Reach different. —- While Reach is strongly committed to achieving the results necessary to secure funding, the organization is equally committed to integrity in the way we collect and communicate program results. Throughout […]

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Black Lives Matter: A.N.T.s

As part of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, our Curriculum & Creativity Coordinator created and performed a piece sharing her thoughts. Well received by many, Lori has been invited to perform this piece at various venues across DC and the country. * Some language in the piece below may be offensive to young readers. By: Lori Pitts […]

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For Our Kids

By Jusna Perrin, a member of the Reach team and a true advocate for kids. – I realize there’s no right time to express my feelings. They ebb and flow, for sanity’s sake. To be Black in America, is to be in a constant state of rage. – James Baldwin I have to let you […]

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What Charlie Said.

Recently, I attended an event for Free Minds Book Club. Each month, Free Minds hosts a night where volunteers review and respond to poetry written by incarcerated youth. The volunteers’ comments are then sent back to the young people, showing them that their voice continues to matter. Returned members have spoken often about the importance […]

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