Working together, youth, families and community entities can design programs that are best suited to meet the needs of local youth and to connect out-of-school time programs with community resources. Community-based agencies, government, faith-based
organizations, civic organizations, businesses, foundations, youth and their families, working together, can provide a wide range of resources to support high quality out-of-school time programs.
Successful applicants will have developed community partnerships, which, at a minimum, must include strong collaboration with the schools whose students will be attending Teen REACH program activities.
Additionally, youth and families can play a key role in the development of out-of-school time programming. Programs that include families and youth in the planning draw greater support in the long run and tend to be more culturally relevant. Parents
should be involved in all phases of program development and implementation.
Teen REACH also encourages collaboration with other youth serving programs in the community.