Teen REACH

Teen REACH Youth

Teen Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring and Hope (Teen REACH)

Goals: To provide a safe environment with caring adult role models that will work with youth to increase academic achievement and develop the life skills necessary for future success.

Outcome: Youth will be safe; youth will graduate from high school.

Program Description: Teen REACH (Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring, and Hope) is a comprehensive youth development initiative that provides after school program services to high-risk youth between the ages of 6 and 17.

The core services provided are:

Improving educational performance which includes time to do homework, tutoring in basic skills and enrichment programs that encourage creativity. ACT/SAT preparation classes are held every six weeks.

Life skills education which encompasses training and education that promote the development of healthy lifestyles and encourages abstinence from risk-taking behaviors in the areas of alcohol and/or substance abuse, criminal activity, violence and sexual activity.

Parental involvement so that parents and guardians have opportunities to meet with staff to discuss their children’s activities and to participate in events that strengthen parent-child bonds and community involvement.

Arts include free music lessons, drama therapy, and arts and crafts

Recreation, sports, cultural and artistic activities and arranging safe outlets for youth to try new skills and develop new interests, to build friendships, find their place in a group, and gain developmentally relevant experiences. We have football, table tennis, pool, table games, TaeKwonDo, and a large park with two playgrounds.

Adult mentors who allow opportunities for participants to develop and maintain positive, sustained relationships with adults.

Service learning activities that connect classroom lessons with meaningful service to the community. Students build academic skills while strengthening communities through services

A cold nutritional breakfast, lunch and or snacks are served.

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Afterschool Hours

2:00 to 5:30 p.m.

COVID - 19 Summer Camp Hours

8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


For more information call, Ms. Otey, Teen REACH Coordinator, at 815.962.9117.

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AARCB Achievers participated in their Belt Test with Tae Kwon Do Instructor, Mr. James Bennett. The discipline gained during training is invaluable.

Tae Kwon Do teaches self-regulation skills and mindfulness. All of the AARCB Achievers were successful, earning thier black, green, yellow and white belts.

We truly appreciate and thank Rockford's Policemen and Firemen who attended the ceremony.