Teen REACH (Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring and Hope)
Program Fact Sheet

Bureau of Youth Services & Delinquency Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description

Target

Teen REACH (Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring and Hope) provides services to high-risk youth between the ages of 6 and 17.

Purpose

The purpose of the program is to expand the range of choices and opportunities that enable, empower and encourage youth to achieve positive growth and development, improve expectations and capabilities for future success and avoid and/or reduce risk-taking behavior.

Services

Teen REACH programs provide the following prevention-focused core services during out-of-school time hours.

  • Improving educational performance, which encompasses time to do homework, tutoring in basic skills and enrichment programs that encourage creativity.
  • Life skills education to provide youth with alternatives to a range of risky behaviors.
  • Parental involvement so that parents and guardians have opportunities to meet with staff to discuss their children's activities and to participate in events that strengthen parent/child bonds and community involvement.
  • Recreation, sports, and cultural and artistic activities.
  • Adult mentors who allow opportunities for participants to develop and maintain positive, sustained relationships with adults.

Delivery Method

Teen REACH services are delivered by community-based agencies throughout Illinois.

Program Data

Teen REACH Program Data
Performance Indicators SFY03 SFY04 SFY05 SFY06
Grant Amount (Numbers in 000's) $18,976.20 $18,439.40 $18,074.70 $20,394.70
Number of Grantees 109 106 114 85
Number of Grantees 31300 31300 22800 20000

Program Effectiveness

  • Teen REACH provides a caring environment where youth can connect with adults, and give them a powerful opportunity to guide their attitudes toward school and eventual school success.