About Reach Into Cultural Heights

Mission

Reach Into Cultural Heights is a collaborative effort focusing on changing attitudes and learning behaviors among urban youth by engaging them using innovative communications technology.

Our Goals

RICH Goal: To guide students to become caring and to create healthy learning environments in school and beyond using the RICH “Reach for Success” Program 4 Guiding Principles:

1) I matter

2) I am responsible for my behavior 

3) I am considerate of classmates and others, and

4) I use thinking strategies for school success.

What we achieve: RICH program graduates coach RICH students in mastery of the Reach for Success program principles. This is accomplished by engaging youth in classroom settings and by using technology to reinforce communication skills.It is a blended approach; and our commitment is to prepare students to display new attitudes about their abilities to set realistic academic goals and adhere to respectable social standards.

Outcomes Description: RICH students will demonstrate improvement in social emotional development skills supported by their improved academic performance and behavior indicated by report card grades/ teacher and / parent comments.

Activities: RICH students activities express new attitudes for school success as recorded in student weekly reflective writing portfolios, speaking and listening expressions, understanding the role of body language, respecting dress codes, and positively interacting with elders.  Weekly activities incorporate the value of self-esteem, the importance of taking responsibility of one’s behavior, and becoming accountability of one’s behaviorRICH online activities are designed to encourage students to become better writers,  communicate self-respect and respect for others.

Our History

Reach Into Cultural Heights, Inc. (RICH), began developing the Reach For Success program designs in 1992. The single pointed focus on creating innovation for urban students using communication technology models.

Students who attended the organization’s model program Reach for Success  are currently the program workshop leaders. The RICH network of leaders instruct students in using the language of school success in a classroom setting ,and those new concepts presented are reinforced using technology as a communication tool.

In 1992, RICH started the Reach for Success Program at York College, City University of New York.  Today we are based in Queens College, City University of New York. Students in the Reach for Success program participated in web-based projects that support the development of writing skills and thinking skills for the purpose of transforming their sense of hopelessness, “I cannot” attitude to one of “I will try harder”.  To succeed in school, students will be inspired with optimism for a better future.  All Reach for Success programs created by the RICH organization help to support this learning concept.

More than 1,500 students have received the training to become caring and to create healthy learning environments in schools and beyond using the RICH Reach for Success 4 Guiding Program Principles:

1) I matter

2) I am responsible for my behavior

3) I am considerate of classmates and others

4) I use thinking strategies for school success.

With the support of York College, RICH introduced technology based projects to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in web-based projects.

RICH blended approach uses classroom instruction and technology driven projects to reach to students.

Students gain hands-on technology experience, working on independent thematic projects. Reach for Success 4 Guiding Program Principles RICH multicultural learning support materials include online websites to foster respect for self and for other cultures. All students are encouraged to learn about diverse cultures to competently participate in globally driven communication technology.