Networking Consortium for Receiving Educational Advantages Creatively Hands-On
NC REACH is a collaboration of four (4) for/nonprofit organizations, LEA’s, and support services that have supported this community independently for more than ten years. The consortium has more than 25 years’ experience in school administration, teaching, educational programs, drop-out prevention, staff/parent leadership development, financial literacy, and working with fragile families on the national, state, and local level as well as CMS. Our collaboration of networks include:
- VRP Institute, Inc. – Anthony Howard
- Behavioral Health Intervention Center (BHIC) – Christopher Matthews
- Mills Foundation – Linsey and Michelle Mills
- Avant-Garde Educators – Shanniska Howard
NC REACH mission is to develop 21st century leaders, provide in-school support and academic/financial enrichment programming, train teachers, and activate parent/community involvement. Our partners are specialist in supporting educational and economical disadvantaged schools that are Title I, SIG, and/or AYP deficient.
NC REACH is designed to create, implement, and support successful and effective parent involvement plans, evidence based academic enrichment programs, community activities that lead to successful school partnerships, and a functional community support system. Implementing a systematic approach to engage families and embrace diversity will create successful schools that build trust and collaborative relationships with families and build capacity in the areas of communication, partnership, and shared responsibility for the schools success. Schools that succeed in engaging families from diverse backgrounds will see higher levels of trust and respect between the family and school which provides an environment conducive for embracing partnership with shared power and responsibility.
NC REACH is committed in taking an active role to close the achievement gap by setting high expectations for all students. There will be a need for adequate resources which will require the mobilization of community support, cooperation, and investment by engaging faith-based organizations, higher education institutions, and businesses. The collective effort of each entity will allow us to reach our goal of closing the achievement gap by replacing deficiencies with student proficiency and academic mastery.
Understanding the African proverb of “It takes a village…,” NC REACH was formed with a focus on the following questions: 1) How can we equitably distribute resources we have? 2) How efficiently can we use our talents; understanding that the pressures of education today and the need to meet/exceed performance target goals is the measurement? It is our belief/vision that through collective work, responsibility, and combining talents; we can help build stronger communities and schools while also identifying/implementing sustainable solutions. Ultimately, stronger communities perpetuate a stronger nation. We align with these goals through our mission to develop 21st century leaders, provide academic/financial enrichment programming, train teachers, graduate students, and engage parents by building capacity in three staple areas of Engagement, Empowerment, and Advancement.