YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Reach Out aspires to create positive opportunities for youth with mentoring, counseling, and career guidance through varieties of youth development programs.

MENTORING

Reach Out builds positive relationships through mentoring!

The GROW Program is our more traditional mentoring program which has a proactive approach to helping at-risk youth grow and learn valuable life lessons while also having fun!

GROW is for youth ages 13-18 years of age who reside in the Inland Empire and Pomona Valley (Upland, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Pomona, Montclair, Claremont, and Chino). GROW provides 1:1 mentoring and monthly group activities for youth.

Through regular interactions, our mentors provide positive support and encouragement for young people to deal with, and overcome, the challenges they face in their lives.

Benefits 

  • Individual recognition and encouragement
  • Provides role modeling for professional leadership
  • Access to a support system during critical stages of your academic and career development
  • Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences
  • The foundation of a lasting professional and personal network
  • Facilitates the development of increased competencies and stronger interpersonal skills
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STUDENT ASSISTANCE

Helping students to succeed in school through life skills development

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a comprehensive group counseling program, utilizing research-based curriculum, focused on the prevention of alcohol and drug use among youth. Students are referred by their school counselors and/or teachers dependent on characteristics and behaviors which may be preventing them from reaching their full potential in school.

The focus of each group is to build resiliency by providing students with the necessary skills to be successful in school. Group topics target specific needs such as: anger management, grief and loss, self-esteem, motivation, substance abuse, coping skills and divorce. Students are provided outside referrals if more support is needed.

Current School Districts:

  • Chaffey Joint Union High School District
  • Mountain View Unified School District
  • Upland Unified School District
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CROSSROADS

Reducing youth involvement with the justice system, decreasing suspension, and expulsion within schools  

Reach Out offers a behavior modification program to youth who have committed, or are in danger of committing, infractions which qualify them as at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system. 

Crossroads is offered as an alternative option for educators to address behavioral hardships of their students.  It is the goal of Crossroads to reduce youth involvement with the justice system as well as decrease suspension and expulsion within schools. 

CROSSROADS FOCUSES ON

  • Anger Management
  • Truancy
  • Shoplifting
  • Curfew
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Cognitive Life Skills
  • Gang Involvement

Each class will be 6 sessions long and will last up to 2 hours each session.

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HEAL MENTORING

Helping students prepare and succeed in the medical field

The Colton High School HEAL Mentorship Program is aimed to bridge the gap between high school students who are interested in a medical career, with current medical professionals of their community.  Mentors are required to meet with their students once a month and follow a curriculum.

HEAL MENTORING CURRICULUM

  • Resume Building
  • Mock Interviews
  • Proper Goal Settings
  • Development of Soft Skills
  • College Application Process

Outside of their required monthly meetings, mentors and their students keep communication through email, text messaging, or by phone call. At the conclusion of the mentorship program, students are able to add the program to their resumes and add a reference or recommendation letter from their mentors.

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YOUTH GRANTMAKERS

Youth volunteers raising funds for local charities

The Youth Grantmakers (YGM) Program is compiled of local volunteer high school teens that are looking to support their peers greatest needs in the West End of San Bernardino County and Pomona Valley region.

The program youth partake in the distribution of community needs assessments, events, debates, fundraising, program monitoring and site visits.

Members of Youth Grantmakers (YGM) are looking to give back and support their peers. Students involved are 13-18 and attend local high schools in the Inland Empire.

IMPROVING COMMUNITY CHALLENGES WITH GRANTS

  • Substance Abuse & Alcohol Prevention
  • Household Issues
  • Life Skills
  • Health & Wellness

While active in the program teens gain leadership skills, receive a better understanding of philanthropy, gain a sense of community and teamwork. Youth Grantmakers generate funding through individual and corporate donors, fundraisers, Reach Out and The Community Foundation.

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YOUTH POLICY INITIATIVE

Youth Creating Change 

The Youth Policy and Tobacco Awareness Initiative is an interactive engagement and development strategy that involves high school students. The program is built to have students learn how to address youth issues within their community through policy and advocacy methods. Students go out and assess their community, then reconvene on a topic of popular choice.

The focus areas are on:

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Drug Prevention

Students will ultimately create a policy and advocacy project that will aid in creating a healthier and sustainable community. Participants in this program gain public speaking skills, learn conflict resolution, and how to become a positive and active member of the community.

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NUTRITION EDUCATION & OBESITY PREVENTION

CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE

Nutrition Educcation & Obesity Prevention (NEOP) is a statewide outreach campaign that promotes fruits, vegetables, physical activity, healthy beverages, and changes in policies and environments that support those individual choices.  As a USDA-funded program, we are eager to connect with other groups that serve low-income residents and encourage healthy places to live, work, learn, eat, shop, worship and play. We are sub contracted by the County of Riverside Department of Public Health, within the Nutrition Services and Health Promotion Branch.

We provide nutrition education and physical activity support for families and communities throughout Riverside County, at qualified locations. Our classes, special events, trainings and personalized technical assistance can guide organizations and individuals to make healthy choices easier!

HOW CAN WE HELP?

  • Nutrition Education: Rethink Your Drink, Shopping on a Budget, MyPlate
  • Physical Activity: Shape of Yoga, Preschool Play, Active Schools
  • Skills Building: Label Reading, Basic Gardening, Preparing Healthy Meals & Snacks
  • Educational Materials: Cookbooks, Fitness Guides, Teaching Toolkits, Posters
  • Healthy Communities: Schools, Parks, Fruit and Veggie stand
  • Connections: Referrals to  Programs, Community Partners, Agencies & Organizations
  • And much more…
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For more information on Youth Development programs or classes, contact us at (909) 982-8641.