Yes, REACH Memphis stands by you during the four most critical years of your educational experience.
YEAR 1 The first year concentrates on preparing you for your first academic summer program.
YEARS 2-3 The next two years provide additional experiences focused on
Participating in individualized, goal-setting sessions to prepare for college
Developing important life-skills that will help you achieve and succeed in college and career
Preparing you for your college application process: essay writing, interviewing, resume development, ACT preparation and scholarship research
Completing your college application: selecting the top schools to submit applications, completing FAFSA and understanding financial aid packages
YEAR 4 During the fourth year, REACH Memphis supports your transition to college life. We help you to discover and take advantage of resources available on your college campus, connect you to REACH Memphis alums attending your college and help you navigate your new environment.
Each step along the way REACH Memphis offers academic support and personal growth experiences to broaden your understanding of self, leadership and community.
Is there a cost associated with participating in REACH Memphis?
There is no cost for the counseling services, ACT prep and other activities that REACH Memphis provides. There are some costs that you will incur, and they vary by summer program. Many of our partnering institutions offer scholarships if certain criteria are met. REACH Memphis has no final authority on these scholarships, but we work closely with the institutions to submit applications with the best opportunities for scholarships. We will talk with parents about any costs affiliated with the summer program. REACH Memphis also offers assistance based on financial need and availability of funds.
What types of activities will I participate in?
You’ll engage in many different programs and activities to prepare you for the transition to college. These include interactive team-building, project based programs, exploratory experiences, internships, travel to professional events, community service projects and more.
How does REACH Memphis support me?
REACH Memphis helps you throughout your high school experience as you prepare for college. We help you to
understand and apply feedback received from your school counselor to create and implement a plan for college
navigate the college selection process
identify and apply for financial aid
complete the college application process — including essay writing, interview and resume writing
improve academically through tutoring
How will my REACH Memphis mentor help me?
Mentors are professionals who volunteer their time to help you get ready for your summer experience and support you as you prepare for college. You will learn about our mentors duringorientation.
What summer program will I attend?
Starting in January, you will be matched with a summer program best suited to your interests. REACH Memphis works closely with the summer programs to ensure that you meet the qualifications and to assist you with the program’s application. You will be typically notified of your acceptance between March and May.
Am I required to do anything before I go to my summer experience?
During orientation, you will receive detailed information outlining mandatory meetings and activities. You are REQUIRED to attend these sessions. Note that some sessions may require a parent/guardian to attend.
What happens if I miss a mandatory meeting?
Taking responsibility for your actions is an important part of being prepared for college. You were chosen from hundreds of students who applied to REACH Memphis. You owe it to both yourself and the organization to be accountable for your participation. Unapproved absences may lead to removal from the program.
What happens when I return from my summer experience?
As your REACH Memphis journey continues, you are required to:
submit an essay about your summer program within three days of returning from your summer program
meet with our College Readiness Counselors (before you go back to school in the fall)