Category Archives: Meet Our Tutors

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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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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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 […]

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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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A Day in The Life: Ballou 2015

Most of our extended Reach family never have the opportunity to see our kids in action. I’d like to change that and help paint the picture of the typical sights and sounds of a Reach session. My first stop: Ballou Senior High School. This week, our tutors and students researched and organized important information they’d […]

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Alumnus Spotlight: Kyare

It wasn’t long ago that we shared Kyare’s college essay, a piece in which he shared the role that Reach played in his maturation. So, consider this Part II. After a writing session with support from Reach staff, Kyare felt that he had finished his personal statement. We invited him into the office to share […]

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College Essay: Writing My Success Story

Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family. As a 12th grade student, Kyare is working on college essays. He chose to write on the prompt above, found in The Common Application. It was wonderful to hear Kyare talk about his […]

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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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