We Fulfill Our Mission By:

  • PROVIDING curriculum-based Mentoring Programs that emphasize positive character and social development.

  • OFFERING a range of hands-on learning opportunities from youth wellness to fine arts to academic enrichment and athletics.

  • SURROUNDING at-risk children with individual, research-based care and support services.

  • CREATING opportunities through outdoor expeditions that promote inquiry-based learning, social skills, self-confidence, teamwork, and the importance of setting and achieving personal goals.

A History of Outreach.

The origins of REACH stretch back to the fall of 2010 when Adam Carley and a small group of educators set out to support at-risk children at an individual level with a network that connects home, school, and community.

That vision became a reality with the creation of the PEAK (Promoting Excellence in All Kids) organization. Since that time, PEAK has evolved into a sustainable and effective model for at-risk kids from 3rd grade through high school.

The success of PEAK led to the larger initiative known today as REACH, designed to encompass and support all kids in the greater Newtown and Danbury areas with one-to-one mentoring, after-school activities (sports, wellness, and fine arts), and expeditionary learning opportunities.


Our purpose is to cultivate long-term relationships and create a community where every child:

  • Feels valued and connected.

  • Learns to lead by example with compassion and empathy.

  • Embraces his/her role in the community.

  • Develops in a well-balanced environment that cultivates the whole child.

  • Benefits from fresh learning perspectives that challenge traditional approaches.

  • Thrives with a sense of empowerment backed by love, support, hope, and dignity.

Grounded in Research.

Our programs and mentorship models are proactive, positive, and grounded in research. This helps our youth overcome:

  • Educational and developmental disparities and inequities.

  • The physical or emotional absence of a consistent adult to provide care and support for at-risk children.

  • The absence of hope and opportunity for at-risk children.

  • The injustice of at-risk children not having access to basic resources and opportunities.

  • Social isolation, bullying, and social disconnectedness.

  • An imbalance in youth development.

  • Patterns of disconnectedness and isolation, replacing them with patterns of love, confidence, and a sense of belonging.

REACH relies on the generosity of our supporters to sustain our programs. If you'd like to show your support, please consider donating to REACH.