SUMMER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Developing skills for life beyond the classroom
During Summer Leadership Academy, Reach tutors can elect to engage in various aspects of the book publishing process. Tutors can write, illustrate, research, photograph, and more – producing material that can be shared for years to come.
TEENS IN 2019
GRANTED TO NONPROFITS
OF PARTICIPANTS RECOMMEND
Our teens can and should be the authors of their stories. The Teen Publishing Project is designed to create opportunities for teens to own the narrative about their lives. We provide entry into the world of publishing and book authorship, and invite teens to lead in a real way: by creating content that informs and educates a younger generation.
Academy Spotlight: Riley
Like most Reach students, Riley enjoys helping others and cares deeply about the community. During the Summer Leadership Academy, Riley learned about SMYAL, a nonprofit that combats LGBTQ homelessness in DC. Horrified by the discrimination facing LGBTQ teens and aware of the challenges associated with homelessness, Riley decided to take action. She convinced her teammates to choose SMYAL for the Teen Philanthropy Challenge, the Academy’s end of summer public-speaking contest. Her team’s impassioned presentation won the grand prize and secured a $2,500 grant for SMYAL. As she enters her junior year at Ballou High School, Riley plans to continue advocating for the issues she cares about.