Founded in 2002, In Arms Reach, Inc. (“IAR”) mission is breaking the cycle of inter-generational incarceration and instill STEM exposure, academic enrichment and mentor-ship to low income children and families of NYC, including children of incarcerated parents and young adults from under-resourced communities.

IAR exposures children to a college setting and operates out of a state-of-the-art building with electronic teaching capabilities in a number of classrooms, small-group seminar rooms and multidisciplinary teaching facilities.  Participants are separated into 3 cohorts for elementary, middle, and high school aged students. With a unique focus on college admission and career readiness.


IAR one-on-one mentoring model uses best practices.  We match participants through an interest and classification survey and assessment for both mentors and mentees. After this process, a targeted match is made with best-qualified mentors. The goal is to individually role-model each student’s academic needs and promotes their social growth through service learning and career development.

STEM Pipeline

IAR connects low level resource children and families from urban communities of NYC with the high level resources of CCNY combined with a special interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and bio-medical education.  At IAR, we spark interest in children from historically under-served communities, while engaging and changing lives of an extremely vulnerable population of youth.


At IAR, we focus on the importance of mobilizing for community enrichment and teaching youth how to “over-come” potential injustices that they may be product of in urban communities. This involves building resiliencies to militate against the structural forces and obstacles that may prevent them from excelling into their adult lives.

Service Overview
Mentoring thru Music
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In Arms Reach Poem

We aim to change lives, promote college education, provide positive role models, awaken interest in science, increase service learning and decrease the impact of children affected by parental incarceration.