Relationships, Education, Accountability, Character and Hard work

Esmeralda Navarro

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Leila is a senior at Austin High school. She has been in Reach since second semester of freshman year. Reach stands for Relationships, Education, Accountability, Character, and Hard work. The program is centered around helping students with those skills. For Leila, Reach makes school and life at home easier because the Reach staff wants to help them get to class and get the grades they deserve.

On Mondays, they work on their grades and goals. They make a personal goal and a school goal for every month. Each week they add a different action step that will help them achieve their goal. They also log their grades and missing work, so they know what they need to accomplish during that week.

On Mondays they also have “group” in group they talk about how their weekend went and what they need to do to reach their goals. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they have work time. Work time is time do work on anything you need to get done for any classes. On Wednesdays they do team building to help them learn about each other and build stronger relationships with fellow Reach students and staff. On Fridays they have group. The Reach environment is different from the school environment, because the Reach staff cares about the students in a deeper way then the teachers do.

The Reach staff wants to know what’s really going on in your life. “If I’m having a bad day I can go to Reach and talk to someone about it and feel 5x better” That’s what Leila said when she was asked how Reach affects her day. Leila would recommend Reach for any students who are struggling at home with their attitude, grades, and attendance because Reach can help you realize what you need to do better in those areas of your life.

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