Service Before Self, Honor Above All

Youth Initiatives :: R.E.A.C.H.

What is R.E.A.C.H.?
Project REACH began in 2007 as a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Justice Community Capacity Development Office. Our goal was simple: Work with a variety of community partners to reduce crime and address the challenges and the physical deterioration of structures affecting our residents. Congress eliminated funding for this initiative in 2010, but the East Arlington community together with the Arlington Police Department remain committed to this grass roots endeavor and have identified ways to sustain progress devoid of federal financial assistance. Because Arlington, Texas has been recognized as an America’s Promise Community, it was only logical that Project REACH be reconstituted as a youth-led, school-centric endeavor.
REACH_Vertical_rot Our grass roots community effort embraces the Five Promises that every child throughout our community needs:

  • Caring Adults
  • Safe Places
  • A Healthy Start
  • An Effective Education and
  • Opportunities to serve their community
  • The intent of reading buddies is to infuse caring adults into our younger classrooms in order to encourage improvement in student’s reading level, fluency, and sight word knowledge.
  • The goals of our mentoring efforts include exposure to positive role models, emphasis on educational attainment as well as eliminating fear or distrust of authority figures.
  • What better way to emphasize education than to build robots alongside youth – not only engaging them as a mentor, but also demonstrating the practicality of a hands on learning experience!
And, of course our bi-annual “feeding frenzy” and youth-led community service projects will continue as we support our friends at Sam Houston High School!

We are working together to make a difference!
How to get involved:
If you are interested in volunteering, contact:  Arlington Independent School District

Officer Stephanie Gillespie
Community Support Manager
620 West Division St.,
Arlington, TX 76011