REACH PREP INC

Empowering Future Leaders

aka REACH Prep   |   Stamford, CT   |  www.reachprep.org

Mission

REACH Prep provides access to transformative educational experiences that empower underserved, high-achieving students to graduate from top colleges and emerge as the next generation of leaders.

Ruling year info

1996

Chief Executive Officer

Gina Lucas

Main address

One Dock St. Ste 100

Stamford, CT 06902 USA

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EIN

06-1438889

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Our programs

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Middle School, High School and College Programs and Services

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.

Population(s) Served
Students

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 20-25 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.

Population(s) Served
Students

REACH Prep strives to provide constructive and enriching summer experiences 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. Types of summer opportunities REACH Prep offers include camping, arts, outdoor leadership, volunteer abroad, internships and pre-collegiate experiences.

Population(s) Served
Students

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

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 rigorous independent schools. Upon placement, students benefit from a 12-year educational continuum, including comprehensive academic enrichment, leadership training and supplementary individual and family guidance, which prepares them to succeed at and graduate from competitive colleges. REACH Prep's model of access to high-quality education along with sustained, comprehensive and long-term support achieves college success rates that defy trends and national statistics.

Our Core Values: Believing in the transformational power of education, REACH Prep deeply cares about:

Access - Commitment - Excellence - Impact

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 in 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 tansformative, and otherwise unobtainable, experiences for personal growth, early career exploration, and academic enrichment.

COLLEGE GUIDANCE
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.

In addition to the ten 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.

Long-term outcomes include:

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 earn admission to a highly 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.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    REACH Prep works with underserved, high-achieving Black and Latinx students from the Bronx, Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    As a result of feedback we received from middle and high school students, we have created new opportunities for them to gather socially to help mitigate the isolation some students experienced during the pandemic. Additionally, our college students have asked for more career development and exposure, which reflected and aligned with our already planned programming to enhance this area of opportunities.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The success of REACH Prep's mission to work with students for a 12-year continuum depends on and requires ongoing trust. Asking for feedback from our students and families has honored and strengthened that trust and the the relationships we have. It helps the organization make more efficient and effective programming decisions and allows us to calibrate support and engagement that will best support our students. It also helps us identify and more quickly respond to trends and needs that may come directly from our students.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Sometimes multiple attempts are needed to collect feedback. ,

Financials

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REACH PREP INC

Board of directors
as of 06/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Paul Triggiani

Invesco

Term: 2020 -

Neil Augustine

Greenhill & Co

Heather Mosley

Paul Triggiani

Invesco

Rodman Tilt III

Morgan Stanley

Alexandre Bettamio

Bank of America

Lisa Ahmad

Judy Collins

Sara Bartow

Nisha Hurst

Lauren O’Shaughnessy

Bellafare

William Ogden

Union Capital

John Pike

Elliott Management Corp.

Karen Doniger

Stephen Toy

BroadPeak Global

Barbara Harty

Jill Patricio

Tracy Grossman

Lauren Corrinet

CBRE

Jeff Volling

John Kim

Michael Wirtz

ex-officio

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/1/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data