Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services
Teen REACH (Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring and Hope) provides services to high-risk youth between the ages of 6 and 17.
Teens 6-17 in targeted low-income communities.
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.
Teen REACH programs provide the following prevention-focused core services during out-of-school time hours. The core services include:
- 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.
- Service learning to help youth build academic skills while strengthening communities through service.
Teen REACH services are delivered by 104 community-based agencies throughout Illinois.
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- Teen REACH has been nationally recognized as part of the prestigious Harvard Family Research project for several years.
- Teen REACH is collaborating with the ISA Gear Up program to allow participants to earn scholarship funding toward a college education.
- 85% of all youth enrolled in Teen REACH are 11 to 17 years of age.
- Performance measures are reviewed quarterly and technical assistance is provided as necessary.
- Program standards are in place.