Youth Development

Reach Prep Inc

  • Stamford, CT
  • www.reachprep.org

Mission Statement

REACH Prep helps motivated and talented Black and Latino students from underserved communities in Fairfield and Westchester Counties and The Bronx gain admission to and thrive in competitive independent schools. Upon placement, students benefit from a twelve-year educational continuum, including comprehensive academic enrichment, leadership training and supplementary individual and family guidance, which prepares them to succeed at competitive colleges.

Main Programs

  1. Prep Academy
  2. Academic Guidance and Counseling
  3. Summer Enrichment
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

We identify talented and motivated black and Latino students in The Bronx, Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT.

ruling year

1996

Chief Executive Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Gina Lucas

Keywords

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The Bronx, Wetchester, Fairfield

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EIN

06-1438889

 Number

0958726324

Also Known As

Reach Prep

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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REACH Prep has assisted 320 children and their families in their quest for academic excellence. 100% of our Scholars are admitted to competitive four year college-preparatory colleges and universities.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Prep Academy

Prep Academy offers 15 months of academic enrichment taught by independent school faculty. This intensive program is held on the King campus in Stamford, CT and is designed to prepare students for the academic rigors they will encounter when admitted to one of 26 participating independent schools. Classes mirror the small size, accelerated pace and high expectations typical of independent school education. Prep Academy emphasizes skills, habits, intellectual and moral development and dedication to learning as a lifelong process. Prep Academy classes meet for six weeks during the summer after 4th grade, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. During 5th grade students attend classes on Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The students finish Prep Academy the summer after 5th grade.

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Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Budget

$275,000.00

Program 2

Academic Guidance and Counseling

At REACH Prep, each Scholar’s progress is monitored and nurtured through personalized contact and assessment. A REACH Prep Post-Placement counselor visits every day student once a term. REACH counselors also meet individually with the parents or guardians of each Scholar at least once each academic year. The REACH Prep staff also meets with school division heads and/or academic deans. The division heads provide insight into the academic and social progress of each REACH Prep student. If necessary, REACH Prep partners with schools to provide academic tutoring, test preparation and other individualized support.

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Population(s) Served

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Budget

$740,000.00

Program 3

Summer Enrichment

REACH Prep continues to provide academic support and enrichment opportunities to students after they complete Prep Academy. REACH Prep’s Summer Team-building Adventure Retreat (STAR) offers middle school Scholars the opportunity to work as a team to develop leadership skills while exploring nature. It also includes an academic component designed to encourage the students to think hard and ask big questions. Rising upper school students participate in a three week program designed to prepare them for success in secondary school. At the REACH Prep Summer Symposium High School Scholars engage in subject matter designed to develop and nurture thinking, reading and writing skills. .REACH Prep also provides financial assistance and/or partners with programs that provide financial assistance to ensure that all Scholars enjoy academically and culturally enriching summer opportunities.

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Population(s) Served

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Budget

$115,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    REACH Prep affords high achieving, underserved Black and Latino students access to outstanding independent schools. The program intends to ensure Scholars excel throughout their middle and high school years making it possible for them to gain admission to and graduate from competitive colleges and universities.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    PREP ACADEMY offers 15 months of academic enrichment taught by independent school faculty. This intensive, interdisciplinary program is designed to prepare students for the academic rigors they will encounter when admitted to an independent school. Classes mirror the small size, accelerated pace and high expectations typical of independent school education. Prep Academy emphasizes skills, habits, character development and dedication to learning as a lifelong process.

    ACADMIC GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING. Each Scholar’s progress is monitored and nurtured through personalized contact and assessment. A REACH Prep Post-Placement counselor visits every day student once a term. REACH counselors also meet individually with the parents of each Scholar at least once each academic year. The REACH staff also meets with school division heads and/or academic deans. If necessary, REACH partners with schools to provide academic tutoring, test preparation and other individualized support.

    Twice each month REACH offers writing and math workshops for Middle School Students. It is an opportunity for students to receive homework help and more importantly to enrich, expand and hone their skills.

    SUMMER ENRICHMENT. REACH Prep continues to provide academic support and enrichment opportunities to students. REACH Prep’s Summer Team-building Adventure Retreat (STAR) offers middle school Scholars the opportunity to work as a team to develop leadership skills while exploring nature. It includes an academic component designed to encourage the students to think hard and ask big questions. Rising upper school students participate in The Summer Symposium, a three week program designed to prepare them for success in secondary school. REACH also provides financial assistance and/or partners with programs that provide financial assistance to ensure that all Scholars enjoy academically and culturally enriching summer opportunities.

    SCHOOL PLACEMENT SUPPORT. REACH Prep provides assistance to families throughout the middle school application process, including testing, interview workshops and financial aid application support. REACH also provides supplementary support for students during the secondary school application process.

    COLLEGE PLACEMENT SUPPORT. Each year all REACH Prep Scholars attend a workshop designed for their particular grade in school intended to provide a “roadmap” to college admission and graduation. Since 2012 REACH Prep has also partnered with Horizons and The Waterside School to offer a week long College Application Boot Camp. There, students form a mock college admission committee, write and polish their resumes, think about how best to complete the Common Application, write a draft college essay and participate in a mini-college fair featuring representatives from a variety of colleges/universities.during the fall semester of students’ senior year, REACH Prep assists families with the completion of all necessary financial aid forms.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Prep Academy - Classes mirror the small size, accelerated pace and high expectations typical of independent school education. Prep Academy emphasizes skills, habits, character development and dedication to learning as a lifelong process.

    Middle School Workshops - Students receive homework help and, more importantly, to enrich, expand and hone their skills. These workshops are also open to the siblings of REACH Prep Scholars.

    Primary & Secondary School Placement Support - REACH assists families by helping them to find a school that fits their student, establishing a viable connection with the admissions departments of these schools, and bridging any gaps in understanding between the families and the schools. REACH has established a reputation with the prep schools that our scholars have attended, which lets schools know our scholars are well-prepared and capable students.

    College Placement Support - Since the summer of 2012 REACH Prep has partnered with Horizons and The Waterside School to offer a week long College Application Boot Camp. During the course of the week students form a mock college admission committee, write and polish their resumes, think about how best to complete the Common Application, write a draft college essay and participate in a mini-college fair featuring representatives from a variety of colleges and universities. Because of these services, REACH Prep students enter their senior year with a completed common application and at least one personal essay. Finally, during the fall semester of students’ senior year, REACH Prep assists families with the completion of all necessary financial aid forms.

    Academic Guidance and Counseling - A REACH Prep Post-Placement counselor visits every day student once a term. REACH counselors also meet individually with the parents or guardians of each Scholar at least twice each academic year. The REACH Prep staff also meet with school division heads and/or academic deans. The division heads provide insight into the academic and social progress of each REACH Prep student. If necessary, REACH Prep partner with schools to provide academic tutoring, test preparation and other individualized support.

    Summer Enrichment - Rising 9th and 10th grade Scholars participate in a three week program designed to prepare them for success in secondary school. REACH Prep’s Summer Team-building Adventure Retreat (STAR) offers middle school Scholars the opportunity to work as a team and develop leadership skills while exploring nature. It also includes an academic component designed to encourage the students to think hard and ask big questions. The REACH Prep Summer Symposium engages rising upper school students in subject matter designed to develop and nurture thinking, reading and writing skills. REACH Prep also provides financial assistance and/or partners with programs that provide financial assistance to ensure that Scholars enjoy academically and culturally enriching summer opportunities.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Goals for 2014-2015:
    •90% of Scholars will complete Prep Academy
    •100% of Scholars will be admitted to independent middle schools
    •95% of Scholars will remain in REACH Prep and their independent schools
    •90% of Scholars will be contacted by REACH Prep staff monthly
    •90% of report cards will be received for Scholars
    •85% of Scholars will achieve a B or better average in school
    •85% of Scholars will participate in summer programs
    •85% of Parents will meet with a staff member at least twice per year
    •100% of Scholars will graduate from high school
    •100% of Scholars will enroll in college
    •100% of Scholars will graduate from college in four years
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Results 2013-2014:
    •REACH Prep Scholars attended 30 independent schools
    •91% of Scholars were admitted to independent middle or high schools
    •100% of Scholars completed Prep Academy
    •98% of REACH Prep Scholars remained in Independent Schools
    •98% of Scholars connected with a REACH Prep post-placement counselor
    •98% of report cards were received for Scholars
    •92% of Scholars participated in at least one summer program
    •100% of Scholars graduated from high school
    •100% of Scholars enrolled in college
    •83% of Scholars graduated from college
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

We identify talented and motivated black and Latino students in The Bronx, Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT.

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Funding Needs

REACH Prep relies entirely on the generosity of individual donors and foundations.  Our Board of Directors covers our adminsitrative and fundraising costs, so all dollars donated go directly into programs, and directly impact the children and families we serve.

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Financials

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REACH PREP, INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

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Reach Prep Inc

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer

Gina Lucas

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Joan W Duncan

Long Island Unversity

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?