Reach Into Cultural Heights

Our Children Our Greatest Investment


Jacqueline O. Dawson, Ph.D.
Co-Founder / Executive Director
Urban Education Researcher 

An innovative educational leader committed to designing character and leadership development programs in urban centers. Dissertation “Creating Innovation for Urban Students” a doctorate in community development education earned in 1992, from Walden University. Utilization of proven background in negotiating educational systems, introducing model programs, technology initiatives and web-based driven instructions. As an urban educational researcher having garnered more than twenty years experience currently, I am a stakeholder in developing online interactive initiatives in partnership with a nationwide partner. Published under Motivational Developers, “On Family Life” software series sold to public schools. Trained in nonprofit executive management from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and certified in Learning and Distance Learning Leadership from Walden Institute.

Evita Belmonte
Parent Investment Alliance (PIA) Presenter

Evita Belmonte is known for her parent leadership experience, as a seasoned educational advocate and workshop facilitator in New York City. A certified tutor, she was elected to various positions in the PTA through the years including president and chairperson of the School Leadership Team. She has served on the Queens High School District Leadership Team. Representing District 29 on the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council she was selected by the Superintendent to attend Title I and other educational conferences in Washington D.C. as an advocate.  Ms. Belmonte was appointed by the Queens Borough President in 2002 to become a trustee for BERS and a board member on the New York City Department of Education’s Panel for Educational Policy (Formerly the New York City Board of Education).

Ms. Belmonte is a consultant to the RICH Parent Investment Alliance (PIA) predicated on “Our Children Our Greatest Investment”. This project assist parents in developing strategies to safely get their children though the abstract complexities of schooling  making them competitive learners in our global society.

Oscar Heyward, MBA
Chief Executive Officer for A-Oh Business Services

Since 2005, oversees and provide financial management to the RICH organization. Directs accounting and Bookkeeping services, prepare tax reports, financial statement preparation credit and collections and related control procedures.   Accountant expertise covers more than four decades in accounting executive management with responsibilities as the Director of Small Business Skills Program, and Adjunct Professor of Accountant at Medgar College, City University of New York. Experienced Controller, and Senior Accountant for private enterprises.  Publication and papers include, The Accounting Systems, presented at Solid Base Associates and Urban Loan Authority Symposium, Elizabeth, N.J. 1976; Financial and Accounting Management of Non-Profit Organizations, presented at the National Association of Negro and professional Women’s Club, Inc., National Executive Conference, Boston Massachusetts, April 1980.

Metanoya Z. Webb, BA     
Reach for Success Lead Program Facilitator 

I am delighted to be the classroom facilitator for a community-based program that focuses on the development of character and social skills amongst minority children. For two decades RICH has been committed to reaching back and pulling up urban youth at risk. We train our students to transform their attitudes and enforce the importance of using the 4 RICH Principles which start with reinforcing that they matter and end by giving them strategies to become successful leaders. These principles, which I’ve mastered since joining the program in elementary school, keep me centered. They encourage me to maintain a positive attitude and in turn project positive energy towards everything I set out to conquer. Without RICH, I would not be the woman I am today.

Metanoya Z. Webb
Writer | Reporter | Editor
Globetrotting Stiletto Inc.

Howard University Washington, D.C.
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism 2004, Magna cum Laude
American Intercontinental University, London, England
Fashion and Communication Studies February 2003­– July 2003
Reach for Success Program graduate.


Akilah Bird
Administrative Assistant

Akilah Bird-Watson attended the Reach for Success program while in elementary through high school. She first worked for the RICH organization while a college student attending John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York. She worked as director for the RICH summer youth program. Today, happily married and the proud mom of two, she is lending her experience and giving back as Parent Liaison for the Parent Investment Alliance Initiative. Mrs. Watson believes because of her personal experience as a child attending the Reach for Success program that she can express the benefits of the program to parents from the perspective of one who benefited.

Gilbert F. Sewovoe Ekoue, BS
RICH Technical Support
York College City University of New York
2007 Information Systems Management

Joshua Heywood
York College Mentor
RICH Program Graduate 2011