Our Success

Student with copybookIn the past year, the REACH Georgia Program has grown from 41 Georgia school systems and 330 students participating to 69 school systems and 685 students participating to 103 school systems and nearly 1,200 students participating. The program’s growth and expansion plan is for all 180 Georgia school systems and over 3,000 students to participate by 2020.

Since the program’s launch in 2012, all REACH Scholars are in good standing and eligible to receive their scholarships upon graduation. They are currently minding the ABCs of nationally recognized early success indicators:

  • They have attended school regularly.
  • They have maintained good behavior.
  • They have kept a minimum 2.5 grade point average in rigorous coursework.

Additionally, they have experienced the power of advocacy in meeting regularly with their mentor and academic coach.

Overall, by comparing the two years prior to enrolling and the two years since enrolling in REACH for the 2013 and 2014 cohorts, unexcused absences and disciplinary infractions dropped by 30 percent and 60 percent on average, respectively.

The inaugural class of REACH Scholars who entered the program exceeded expectations. All 18 scholars graduated from high school. All 17 members of the class of 2017 were accepted into a HOPE-eligible postsecondary institution {2 in a Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) institution, 14 in a University System of Georgia (USG) institution and 1 in a Georgia independent university} and each scholar plans to enroll in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Sixteen of the 17 scholars from the class of 2017 qualified for the HOPE scholarship. The remaining scholar from the first cohort graduated from high school a year early as a member of the class of 2016 and entered the workforce to join the family’s business.