Reaching Up Homework Help is an after-school academic enrichment program serving low-income students and families in ISD 196. Four days a week, over 30 students in grades 2 through 12 receive individual and small-group tutoring, literacy and math intervention, mentoring, service opportunities, and physical activity. Through multiple community partnerships, Reaching Up is also able to provide nutritional assistance to families in the form of weekly groceries, after-school snacks, and a full dinner on school nights. Reaching Up believes that every kid deserves a strong network of support, so we actively collaborate with families, teachers, specialists, administrators, volunteers, community partners and many others to ensure that our students know that an entire community walks alongside them as they learn and grow. Together, we do not just meet needs--we cultivate resilience.
That work continues regardless of whether or not school is in session. Over the past two years, Reaching Up has expanded to offer a summer enrichment camp that exercises brains, bodies, and social bonds over the long summer months as well as fun field trips to places all over the Twin Cities, such as the Como Zoo and the Dakota County Parks.
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, Reaching Up's commitment to kids and families did not waver, and neither did the determination of students to learn, dream, and grow. An all-virtual tutoring model provided vital support to students thanks to the dedication of a network of staff and volunteers scattered across the country. And that team redoubled their efforts to deliver a plentiful variety of food, household items, and school supplies to families on a weekly basis.
In this 2021-22 school year, we are overjoyed to be back together in person! The students are as ready as ever to move forward with their growth and learning. With your support, we are beginning a bright new chapter for the students and families of Reaching Up Homework Help.