REACH Fellowship

REACH Prepares Students for the Future

REACH is a two-and-a-half-year experiential program for motivated high school students facing financial barriers to postsecondary education. By combining traditional learning with nature-based learning, we cultivate each student’s abilities to traverse from high school to their postsecondary goal with confidence. REACH establishes connections with community partners and Fellows so that they make well-informed decisions in and out of academia.

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REACH Supports Students in all Aspects

We equip REACH Fellows with essential resources for whole-person development, from swimming lessons and college applications to socioemotional learning and rugged travel. Fellows leave with the program with a better sense of self and understanding and with mentors and friends." under "REACH Supports Students in all Aspects"

“REACH was my unparalleled support system that provided invaluable mentorship, guidance, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. It not only equipped me with the knowledge to succeed in higher education but also changed the trajectory of my life. The REACH team and cohort became a second family, fostering a strong community that transcended graduation. I forged lasting connections and learned the importance of occupying spaces not traditionally meant for someone like me. REACH's impact extends beyond graduation, fostering a profound connection with nature and oneself.”

Deisy Ruiz, UCSB Class of 2023

“REACH has been nothing but abundant blessings to me and my family. While participating in the program, I have become a better scholar, adventurer, and person overall. The experiences have taught me so much and have allowed me to strengthen my body, heart, and mind. I am also extremely grateful for the staff as they aren’t only instructors and mentors, but most importantly, they are your friends; they genuinely care about you and want you to succeed in life, which is why they do what they do in order to achieve that with you. This program has taught me so many life lessons that I will treasure for the rest of my life and hope to one day be able to share with future generations.”

Dacia Romero Acosta, Westmont College Class of 2027.

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REACH is a fiscally sponsored program of Wilderness Youth Project.