IN ARMS REACH INC

Merging Medicine with Technology

aka IAR   |   New York, NY   |  http://inarmsreach.net/

Mission

In Arms Reach, Inc. (“IAR”) mission is to instill STEM exposure, academic enrichment, mentor-ship and college preparation to children and families of NYC, including children of incarcerated parents and youth from under-resourced communities.

Ruling year info

2003

Founder/President

Mr. Terrence Stevens

Board of Directors

Dr. Gary Carpenter

Main address

The City College University of NY 160 Convent Ave.

New York, NY 10031 USA

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EIN

01-0684347

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Biomedicine, Bioengineering (G92)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organization was hit by devastation of the Covid-19 pandemic. To make matters more pressing, 95 percent of our students live in upper Manhattan, a section of the city with a rapidly rising infection rate and, unfortunately, the hardest hit section as well as the least prepared to combat the spread of the virus. We knew we had to move quickly to effectively intercept COVID-related academic fallout. It was then we saw on the horizon a cloud of despair beginning to form, one as ominous as the clouds of poverty, mass incarceration, and lack of access to much-needed resources. This cloud ceaselessly looms over this population of minority families whose children are at heightened risk for intergenerational poverty and the school-to-prison pipeline.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

STEM Exposure

Our STEM Pillar provides high quality university-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), including bio-medical education opportunities

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Awards

Pending 2012

Mayor's Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

In Arms Reach's goal is to break the cycle of involvement with the criminal justice system for at-risk youth primarily children of the incarcerated using mentoring, free prison visitation, educational supports, college readiness, cutting edge career development, and exposure to STEM learning. In Arms Reach, Inc works tirelessly to build upon the life experiences of the children we serve and empower the youth in our program to achieve their life's goals. Our primary goal is to pave the way for these children to live positive, rich and rewarding lives.

• Developing students skills and techniques that improve note-taking and studying abilities;
• Providing after school homework help and tutoring sessions;
• Liaising with school to monitor school attendance and performance;
• Evaluating student learning levels and making referrals to IAR’s tutoring program when necessary;
• Conducting self-esteem building and motivational workshops;
• Coordinating college campus tours for students and parents;
• Guiding students through college selection, application submission and financial aid processes;
• Organizing one community service project of the student’s choice;
• Teaching successful writing techniques to create compelling essays for college applications and;
• Providing book scholarships to each student that successfully completes the program and is admitted to a college or university immediately following high school graduation
• Integrating therapeutic discussions on trips and after to help children cope with their feelings and emotions that arise in seeing a parent in prison;
• Conducting parental workshops series with guest speakers on topics such as “Keeping Children’s Needs A Priority When A Parent is Incarcerated”;
• Ensuring consistent communication with mandatory letters through the Creative Letter Writing campaigns;
• Helping families in need with emergency funding for food, winter coats and/or school supplies;
• Implementing a photography day for children to have professional photographs taken and sent to incarcerated parents and;
• Working with IAR, LMSW to connect children, adolescents and their families with ongoing services in their communities.

Uniquely headquartered at The City College University of New York, In Arms Reach, Inc. operates out of The Townsend Harris Hall building with electronic teaching capabilities in a number of classrooms, small-group seminar rooms and multidisciplinary teaching facilities to help foster the social and academic development of children impacted by the criminal justice system. Our capabilities include full access to state of the art facilities, classrooms, remote Sensing/Geographical Information Systems Computer, Microelectronics, and Robotic Labs, Wet and Dry labs equipped with light microscopes, audio visual equipment, and leadership of Associate Medical Professors.

In Arms Reach, the first organization primarily serving children of the incarcerated in New York has been operating for over eleven plus years now and continues to advocate for one of our societies most undeserved populations.

IAR uniquely structured to expose children to STEM related fields and has assisted dozens of its participants to receive scholarships into four year colleges.

Received prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship in 2002 as well as the Union Square Awards. Our founder was selected as NY 1 New Yorker of the Week and was interviewed by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and featured in Mr. Gates’ PBS series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross which chronicles an incredible 500 years of history from slavery to the White House.

IAR has been visited by various high profile entertainers and has received much public support . IAR has been invited on speaking engagements that include Yale Law School, Harvard University, and Columbia University. IAR has appeared on various media outlets such as CNN International, BET, NBC, ABC, RNN, Channel 9 UPN news, 98.7 Kiss FM and Court TV with Anchorwoman Cathleen Crier highlighting this important community work.

Financials

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Operations

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IN ARMS REACH INC

Board of directors
as of 3/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Dani Mcbeth

CUNY School of Medicine

Term: 2017 - 2022


Board co-chair

Dr. Gary Carpenter

New York-Presbyterian Hospital and New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell.

Term: 2017 - 2022

Elliot Levine

In Arms Reach, INC

Terrence Stevens

In Arms Reach, INC.

Jeff Josma

In Arms Reach, INC

Dani Mcbeth

In Arms Reach, INC

Gary Carpenter

In Arms Reach, INC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/26/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

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