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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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#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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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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Many Hands: One Year Later

On May 13, 2016, we received a phone call from our friend, Carolyn. After an intensive process, culminating in the previous night’s final presentations, she told us that we had won the grand prize from Many Hands, a local, woman-run giving circle. The prize: $100,000. The gift was meant to be transformative. And, for Reach, […]

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2017 Book Grants

We are excited to announce our 2017 Book Grants! Due to the incredible financial support received during our end of year campaign, we are granting 2,500 of our teen-authored books to schools and organizations across DC. A full list of grants is below. Through these grantee partners, we will place the stories created by our […]

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