REACH is a needs-based mentorship and scholarship program designed to encourage students, starting in middle school, to persist in their educational pursuits. Eligible students must submit an application with short answer responses, proof of academic promise (grade, attendance and behavior reports), meet citizenship and residency requirements, and submit academic and community recommendations. When the student completes the application process, they must then participate in a panel interview conducted by community members.
If chosen as a REACH scholar, they then sign a contract committing to maintaining strong grades, remaining drug and alcohol free, meeting with a REACH mentor regularly, attending REACH program activities, maintaining good behavior and attendance, developing educational and career plans and graduating from high school.
VECA named their first cohort of five REACH Scholars on August 24, Breiana Murray, Kyson Hill, Jada Miller, Kevin Strawder-King and Elijah Griffin were chosen. These students will officially sign their letters of intent at the REACH Signing Day on September 20 beginning at 1:30 inside the Teaching and Learning Training Center on the campus of VECA.
Photographed: VECA REACH Scholars with assistant principal, Johnnie Marshall, principal, Dr. Mae McKinney and superintendent, Dr. Todd Cason