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REACH is an employment readiness program that supports students in developing knowledge and skills that are transferable in the process of seeking and attaining employment after secondary schooling.
The program operates in phases throughout the complete duration of the school year:Phase 1: Students participate in weekly two-hour after-school sessions at their school where they engage in activities and discussions around such themes as: recreation, leadership, citizenship and health.Phase 2: Students participate in a volunteer practicum where they apply the knowledge and skills, which they have gained from their weekly after-school sessions and specific training or certification, into elementary after-school programs. This phase creates opportunity for students to gain volunteer experience which they can highlight in the next phase.Phase 3: Students participate and engage in weekly after-school sessions focused on resumé building, interview skills, mock interviews, job search and application, and further specific training or certification.
Students are provided opportunities to take training and certification, free of cost, throughout the program on weekends and professional days, including High Five: Principles of Healthy Child Development, Standard First Aid (with CPR-C and AED Training), Fundamental Movement Skills, WorldHost Ambassadors, Food Safe, Public Speaking, Play It Fair.
REACH is currently running in five high schools through funding from Civil Forfeiture and Coast Capital Savings.