The purpose of the program is to expand the range of choices and opportunities that enable, empower and encourage youth to achieve positive growth and development, improve expectations and capabilities for future success; and avoid and/or reduce risk-taking behavior.
Teen REACH programs provide the following prevention-focused core services during out-of-school time hours. The core services include:
- Improving educational performance, which encompasses time to do homework, tutoring in basic skills and enrichment programs that encourage creativity.
- Life skills education to provide youth with alternatives to a range of risky behaviors.
- Parental involvement so that parents and guardians have opportunities to meet with staff to discuss their children's activities and to participate in events that strengthen parent/child bonds and community involvement.
- Recreation, sports, and cultural and artistic activities.
- Adult mentors who allow opportunities for participants to develop and maintain positive, sustained relationships with adults.
The Teen REACH program serves youth in Adams County, primarily in Quincy from ages eleven to 17. The program meets at the former Irving Elementary School, 811 Payson Ave. Quincy, IL. Hours are generally 3:00 to 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday when school is in session.
For more information about Teen REACH, contact Dennis Williams, Program Manager at 217-222-7944.