Reach Incorporated

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PICS Organization Name
Reach Incorporated

City/State
Washington, District of Columbia

Organization Description
Reach Incorporated develops grade-level readers and capable leaders by preparing teens to serve as tutors and role models for younger students, resulting in improved literacy outcomes for both groups.

During the school year, Reach recruits and trains DC public high school students to become reading tutors for second and third graders at nearby elementary school students. Teens are paid for their work and can earn promotions based on their performance before and after school. This unique model allows high school students to improve their own literacy skills in a non-stigmatizing manner, while ensuring younger readers do not fall behind.

Building on the success of the after-school tutoring program, Reach offers additional programs to support our teen tutors and prepare them for high school graduation and the transition to adulthood. In the College Mentorship Program, high school juniors are paired with experienced adult mentors who provide the tools and support our teens need to navigate complex college admission processes. In our Summer Leadership Academy, teens create resumes, collaborate on group projects, compete in a charity-focused public speaking challenge, and develop the soft skills needed to prepare for life after high school. Reach teens also author children’s books that reflect their lived experiences and are meant to engage and inspire their young readers. And, most recently, Reach launched The Reach Fellowship, a college and career readiness initiative aimed at helping our teens achieve success after high school.

The Reach team is small – we have seven full time staff members and ten part time program instructors. Despite our small size, we currently serve 500 young people in Washington, DC. All of our participants qualify for free or reduced lunch, and over 95% identify as BIPOC.

Hosting a Princeton intern would expand our capacity, enabling us to offer more activities and resources during our intensive Summer Leadership Academy. Equally important, we believe the intern may have an opportunity to serve as a role model and mentor for our teen participants. We have been pleased with the strong relationships our previous PICS interns have forged with our teens.

Internship Description
We are looking for an intern to support our Summer Leadership Academy (SLA), our six-week summer program. Responsibilities may include:

  • Providing logistical support in the planning and execution of Reach’s Summer Leadership Academy;
  • Creating feedback surveys and analyzing data to inform program improvements;
  • Supporting and encouraging teen participation in SLA’s daily activities and weekly tasks;
  • Leading team building activities and ice-breakers;
  • Working with teens one-on-one or in small group settings to develop resumes, prepare for mock interviews, or practice public speaking skills; Attending all Reach program team and staff meetings;
  • And providing support for Reach instructors during session, as needed.

While the intern’s day-to-day activities will largely focus on supporting the Summer Leadership Academy, we also anticipate that the intern will support a few larger, ongoing development and operations tasks. These tasks may include:

  • Helping with the creation of content for Reach’s website, newsletters and social media platforms;
  • Assisting in the execution of our end of summer Teen Philanthropy Challenge;
  •  And supporting the development of manuals, one-pagers and others resources for all of Reach’s programming.

Reach is committed to supporting the development and growth of young people, including our PICS intern. Above all, we are interested in providing a memorable, engaging, and educational experience for our intern, and are happy to work with him/her/them to identify additional projects that fit their skill set, interest areas, or professional goals.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500, $450 if remote 8 6/21/21 - 8/13/21 8:30 am 4:30 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

Required:

  • Highly organized with sharp attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellence in written communication and time management
  • Commitment to racial equity
  • Familiarity with Google suite platform

Preferred:

  • Experience working with youth
  • Interest in youth development, literacy, and education

Additional Info
Although we are unable to provide housing, there are a lot of short-term rentals and sublets available in DC, especially during the summer months.

Former Interns
Emma Treadway '22, Tara Frederick '22, Marina Carlucci '21

Evaluation Excerpt

Despite the internship being virtual, I had myriad opportunities to connect with DC teens--I had a lot of one-on-one conversations, just getting to know them and their interests and passions. These conversations and experiences were thrilling, and it reinforced the possibility for me to one day work in an education non-profit. -- Emma Treadway '22

[Reach's] employees are incredibly understanding and have the unique ability to make these teens feel safe and secure in their environment, which is a rarity for a lot of these kids. Reach’s employees create a beautiful environment for kids to be kids and to flourish as leaders. --Tara Frederick '22

My engagement in civic service has reified my desire to learn about different groups of people and how they function as well as how the environment around people impacts them. This has concreted my plan to study sociology along with urban studies at Princeton. -- Marina Carlucci '21