History and Facts

History and Facts
History and Facts

How Reach for the Future! started

In 2005, Reach for the Future! began with a small group of local women who had read about and had seen a 60 Minutes television segment about the first "I Have a Dream Foundation" class in New York City. The Spokane group contacted the "I Have a Dream" organization, and set up a Board of Directors. Members of the Board met with the director of four IHAD projects in Vancouver. They also traveled to Portland, Oregon to visit the program center for the nine Portland projects. They met with the chairman of their Board and a sponsor of one of the projects, and observed a project coordinator. Reach for the Future! is modeled after the "I Have a Dream Foundation" which has a proven rate of success. Since November 2005, when Reach for the Future! received 501(c)(3) designation, the Sponsors and Board of Directors have been aggressively raising funds for the implementation of this program.

In September, 2008, in collaboration with the Spokane School District and the Boys and Girls Club of Spokane County, Reach for the Future! adopted the entire second grade level at Lidgerwood Elementary School where each student is guaranteed a college education or vocational training if s/he graduates from high school. To ensure success in reaching the goal, the appropriate support structure is being provided with a focus on mitigating barriers to social and academic success and instilling pride in each student's own competence. The Project Coordinator (our only paid staff member) manages all of the after-school and summer programs which include tutoring, homework support, field trips, social and cultural enrichment activities.