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With the implementation of contextual learning programs geared towards refugee youth, REACH helps integrate newcomers into the fabric of the areas in which they are being resettled. Our work focuses on developing social capital, which helps shift the marginal status that is often held by refugee youth and their families.

Summer & Weekend Adventure Camps

REACH offers youth between the age of 11 and 18 the opportunity to participate in fun and challenging outdoor adventures during the summer months. Youth engage in weekly day-camps, overnight tent camping and extended sleep-away trips with adventure sports and place-based education activities such as: mountain biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, climbing, archery, fishing, forest restoration, river clean-ups, and more. Youth participants develop technical skills as well as team building skills throughout the summer and get to show off their new learning at our end-of-season family picnic and awards ceremony.

Similar weekend adventure camps are held during the school year with additional outdoor and place-based learning activities such as downhill and cross country skiing, snow tubing, sledding, capoeira, winter camping, and ice skating.

Leadership Training

REACH participants who demonstrate deeper interests in advancing their skill levels in our experiential learning activities can participate in more intensive leadership trainings and service-based projects.  REACH motivates and encourages young people to pursue coaching, paddling, climbing, wilderness first aid, and CPR certification and helps them to define future academic and career goals.

As these prospective leaders develop additional skills and technical expertise, they are invited to serve as Peer Mentors to new or struggling youth participants and/or to play roles in the recruitment of new participants, development of innovative programming, or marketing of REACH.

STEAM Education

REACH coordinates partnerships with local professionals in the fields of biology, botany, ecology, environmental conservation, geology, engineering, visual and performing arts, digital media and technology, and more, who provide experiential learning lessons in their fields of expertise before, during, and after youth outings. REACH participants apply their new skills and learning to youth-led community service projects and presentations to peers and the general public. 

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REACH is recognized as a 501c3 tax exempt nonprofit organization.