REACH 2020 Pandemic Garden in a Box Special Initiative
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SPECIAL  

INITIATIVES

As a growing youth-led organization, various mission-driven initiatives arise to address the immediate needs and interests of our refugee  families.

GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND.

All refugee youth who participate in REACH receive support services to help them reach their potential and feel fully supported in all areas of their lives. A key component of REACH is to conduct home visits to meet with parents and participating youth and assess their progress in school, at home, and within their social networks. 

As a growing youth-led organization, various mission-driven initiatives arise to address the immediate needs and interests of our participating families. During the COVID-19 pandemic, REACH has facilitated virtual adventure camps, bike give-aways, college-readiness advising, and garden-in-a-box or camp-in-a-box projects. 

Pandemic Engagement -

Virtual Adventures

In an effort to safely engage youth and families during the COVID-19 lockdown, REACH hosted a series of online adventure sessions covering a variety of topics, including games and lessons in baking, body movement, coding, gardening, storytelling, and yoga.

Guest Storyteller
Guest Storyteller

Virtual Adventure Camp

Outdoor Adventure Stories
Outdoor Adventure Stories

Virtual Adventure Camp

Chicago Challenge Game
Chicago Challenge Game

Virtual Adventure Camp

Guest Storyteller
Guest Storyteller

Virtual Adventure Camp

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Earn-a-Bike Participant
Earn-a-Bike Participant

Bike-Giveaway

Urban Commuter
Urban Commuter

Bike Give-Away

Urban Commuter
Urban Commuter

Bike Give-Away

Earn-a-Bike Participant
Earn-a-Bike Participant

Bike-Giveaway

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Pandemic Engagement -

Bike Give-Aways

REACH facilitates bike and gear give-aways to participating youth and families who express a specific interest in furthering their outdoor experiences. During the pandemic, several youth received free bikes, helmets, and locks. 

Pandemic Engagement -

Garden-in-a-Box

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we invited REACH youths' entire households to participate in a joint effort to grow vegetables (tomatoes and green peppers), greens (swiss chard, kale, arugula), and herbs (peppermint, oregano, basil, cilantro) on their windowsills, porches, or backyards.

Urban Gardeners
Urban Gardeners

Garden-in-a-Box Initiative

Indoor Garden
Indoor Garden

Garden-in-a-Box Initiative

Backyard Garden
Backyard Garden

Garden-in-a-Box Initiative

Urban Gardeners
Urban Gardeners

Garden-in-a-Box Initiative

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