Educational Institutions

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. Middle School, High School and College Students' Support
  2. Prep Academy and Placement Support
  3. Summer Enrichment Opportunities
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

We identify and serve 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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Educational Access, College Access, College Success

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Also Known As

REACH Prep

EIN

06-1438889

 Number

0958726324

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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 served over 350 Black and Latino children and their families in their quest for high quality academic opportunities and college success. 100% of REACH Prep students are admitted to competitive college and 90% of them graduate from college.

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

Middle School, High School and College Students' Support

REACH Prep provides academic support and enrichment opportunities in middle school and high school. A Scholar's academic progress is closely monitored and nurtured through personalized contact, school visits and grade level-specific programming. A REACH Prep counselor supports each Scholar, identifying areas in which REACH Prep can provide individualized guidance and academic support such as tutoring, test preparation, math and writing workshops and other critical support that promotes success. REACH Prep provides supplementary and complimentary college guidance to enhance the excellent college guidance Scholars receive from their independent schools. REACH Prep is committed to make certain each Scholar has the best college options so that the foal of college completion will be met. Scholars receive individualized and family support including assistance with the application process, SAT/ACT test and interview preparation, college campus tours, navigating the financial aid process, and ultimately making the optimal college choice. REACH Prep's goal is to provide ongoing guidance for college students to maximize their success in their academic and professional pursuits. REACH Prep assists college Scholars with resume preparation, career counseling, navigating academic resources, referrals, and professional internships. REACH Prep college students are also invited to return as interns in our office or as Prep Academy Summer Advisors.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

700,269

Program 2

Prep Academy and Placement Support

REACH Prep identifies high-achieving, motivated Black and Latino fourth grade students from underserved communities in Fairfield and Westchester counties and the Bronx. Each year, approximately 20 students are accepted to REACH Prep to begin their 12-year journey through our program. The newly accepted cohort attend Prep Academy, a rigorous 15-month academic program. Prep Academy offers academic enrichment taught by independent school faculty. This intensive, Interdisciplinary program is designed to prepare students for the academic environment 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 classes meet Monday through Friday for six weeks during the summer after fourth grade, and the summer after 5th grade. Throughout the fifth grade, REACH Prep guides each family through the independent school admissions process. This includes assistance with the application, preparing Scholars for the interview process, ISEE testing, as well as help with the financial aid application.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

351,100

Program 3

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

REACH Prep strives to provide constructive and enriching summer experience for Scholars. Through REACH Prep facilitated programs and summer opportunities, our goal is to provide transformative, and otherwise unobtainable, experiences for personal growth, early career exploration, and academic enrichment. REACH Prep’s offers the Summer Teambuilding Adventure Retreat (STAR) for middle school Scholars, 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 the Symposium, a three week program designed to prepare them for success in secondary school. Scholars engage in subject matter designed to develop and nurture thinking, reading and writing skills.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

68,375

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 and educational opportunities. 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
    Newly accepted Scholars attend Prep Academy, a rigorous 15-month academic program. Prep Academy offers academic enrichment taught by independent school faculty. This intensive, interdisciplinary program is designed to prepare students for the academic environment they will encounter when admitted to an independent school. Classes mirror the small size, accelerated pace and high expectations typical of an independent school education.

    INDEPENDENT SCHOOL PLACEMENT SUPPORT
    During the fall of fifth grade, REACH Prep guides each family through the independent school admissions process. This includes assistance with the application, preparing Scholars for the interview process and ISEE testing, as well as help with the financial aid application.

    MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMIC SUPPORT
    A Scholar's academic progress is closely monitored and nurtured through personalized contact, school visits and grade level-specific programming. REACH Prep staff
    support each Scholar from middle school through high school, identifying areas in which REACH can provide
    individualized guidance and academic support such as tutoring, test preparation and other critical support that promotes success.

    SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS AND OPPORTUNITIES
    REACH Prep strives to provide a constructive and enriching summer experience for Scholars. Through REACH Prep facilitated programs and summer opportunities offered by generous partners, our goal is to provide transformative, and otherwise unobtainable, experiences for personal growth, early career exploration, and academic enrichment.

    COLLEGE GUIDANCE
    As part of our mission, we seek to ensure our Scholars succeed and graduate from college. REACH Prep provides supplementary and complimentary college guidance to enhance the excellent college guidance Scholars receive from their independent schools. REACH Prep is committed to make certain each of our Scholars have the best college options so that the goal of college completion will be met. Scholars receive individualized and family support including assistance with the application process, SAT/ACT test and interview preparation, college campus tours, navigating the financial aid process, and ultimately making the optimal college choice.

    COLLEGE AND ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT
    REACH Prep's goal is to provide ongoing guidance for college students to maximize their success in their academic and professional pursuits. During college,
    REACH Prep assists Scholars with resume preparation, career counseling, navigating academic resources, referrals, and professional internships. REACH Prep college students are also invited to return as interns in our office or as Prep Academy Summer Advisors. REACH Prep Scholars become alumni of the program upon graduation from college and join more than 110 engaged young leaders who are exceptionally prepared and positioned to make a significant difference in their communities.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    In addition to the nine staff members, faculty and consultants assist in providing year-long programming for students. Through a multitude of opportunity partners, REACH Prep is able to provide access to comprehensive, high-quality programming and support for all students.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    In the past year, the following REACH Prep goals were achieved:

    85% of 5th grade students were placed in independent schools

    100% of students completed our 15-month Prep Academy

    100% of students demonstrated an improvement between their pre-test and post-test scores, after their first summer at Prep Academy

    100% of active 12th grade students graduated from high school

    100% of active 12th grade students gained admission to college

    100% of active 12th grade students enrolled in college

    Over the last four cohorts eligible for college graduation, 92% have graduated from college in 4-6 years.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Long-term outcomes include:

    85% of admitted students will remain active in REACH Prep programming through their graduation from high school

    90% of active 5th grade REACH Prep students will gain admission to at least one academically rigorous independent school

    100% of active 12th grade REACH Prep students will graduate from high school

    100% of active 12th grade REACH Prep students will earn admission to a four-year college.

    90% of college-bound REACH Prep students will matriculate to a competitive national university or liberal arts college, as ranked by Barron's Profiles of American Colleges.

    85% of all REACH Prep students will graduate from college
Service Areas

Self-reported

Connecticut

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

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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

BIO

Gina previously worked at The TEAK Fellowship, an educational access and college success organization in New York City, where she served as the Deputy Director from 2011-2014 and the Director of Post-Placement from 2003-2010. Prior to TEAK, Gina worked at Prep for Prep overseeing public policy projects and at the Advocates for Children of New Jersey, a statewide advocacy organization where she focused on issues and policies affecting Newark's children. Gina also worked in New Jersey at the Victoria Foundation and the READY Foundation. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Camp Sloane YMCA. Gina graduated from Trinity College with honors and earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from Seton Hall University. Gina joined REACH Prep in 2015.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Keith D. Grossman

KDG Development Strategies

Term: July 2016 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

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?