By third grade, more than half of DC students have fallen behind in reading. This shortfall has serious, long-term implications because reading ability is a strong predictor of high school completion, college success, and stable employment. So Reach takes a novel approach. It recruits as tutors teens who have experienced significant academic challenges themselves. Professional instructors guide them in preparing lesson plans with a focus on decoding and comprehension skills, and Reach entrusts them with tutoring elementary school students in need. Tutors gain 120 hours of teaching (and learning) experience and, significantly, 91% graduate from high school. Their young charges receive 60 extra hours of reading instruction. The results? Both groups experience significant growth: 1.5 years for tutees and ... two years for their tutors. For the teens who learn by teaching, and for the children who benefit, it's a win-win. Reach out and support it.

Awards & Recognition

2011, Echoing Green Fellow
2011, Fair Chance Partner
2013, Lehrman Impact Award Winner
2015, National Book Foundation Innovation in Reading Prize
2016, Aspen Institute Urban Innovation Fellowship
2017, Exemplary Project, Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education


    Budget (FY2016)

    • $3 million or higher
    • The current budget for Reach Incorporated is: $1 million to $3 million
    • $500k to $1 million
    • Less than $500k

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