Dear Friends, Family and Supporters!
I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am for your support of In Arms Reach, INC. over the years. IAR was founded in 2002 as New York City’s first organization dedicated to providing services exclusively to children of incarcerated parents, primarily in Harlem.
Over the years, we have served more than 2,000 individuals, including program youth, their siblings, guardians, and other family members. Services delivered include close to 35,000 hours of tutoring, thousands of after-school mentoring sessions, intensive college prep curriculum, educational, social projects and activities, and dozens of free visitation trips to upstate prisons.
80 percent of IAR participants have been promoted to the next grade level. 76 percent had increased communication with their incarcerated parents. 70 percent of who remained in the program had zero involvement with law enforcement. And 100 percent of IAR participants reported increased communication with their incarcerated parents.
Further, approx.: 25 minorities Sophie Davis pre-medical students who have tutored and mentored our youth are now M.D.’s, practicing medicine across the State of New York.
Whether through your attendance at an on-site laboratory exhibition, tutoring, mentoring or the donation of your service, funds or influence, simply your involvement with IAR has helped us build a cornerstone agency serving individuals throughout NYC and providing prime examples of impacting lives to the world.
IAR is an amazing source of stability and advocacy in the otherwise chaotic lives of children and families affected by incarceration.
This year IAR have launched the Changing Lives through Science Program. This bold step forward is the first targeting, inspiring and molding the lives of children impacted by parental incarceration directly into a world of science and engineering resources.
IAR seeks to engage children into STEM, increase medical services in historically under-served communities and increase the availability of engineers and primary care providers while saving lives.
The physical space of IAR is something that sets us apart from other organizations. We are based at The City College University of New York, in the middle of Harlem and Washington Heights.
At IAR, participants use resources from computers to lawns, gyms to labs, and otherwise soak in the collegiate setting, “normalize” education beyond high school, and spark the imagination and conversations about the future.
I urge you to browse our web site, read through our materials and view our videos to learn more about our programs and services. Please support us to help continue this important work.
We need your support now more than ever in this pivotal time for IAR. Any amount helps, and spreading the word to friends and family is just as valuable. Thanking you in advance.
We simply couldn’t exist without your support.
Healing Children, Families and Communities,
Founder & President