Our Pillars of Character, Strength, and Success:



STEM Exposure

Currently, African American and Latinx youth are among the lowest performing demographic in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) globally. Minorities from disadvantaged backgrounds are disproportionately ill-prepared to pursue STEM college majors or careers.

Our STEM Pillar provides high quality university-based STEM) programs, including bio-medical education opportunities as a national imperative model. IAR aim to change lives, awaken interest in STEM, increase service learning and decrease the impact of children affected by parental incarceration.

At IAR, exposure to STEM from a tender age encourages creativity, curiosity, communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills; all skill sets necessary for academic and learning success at all developmental stages.

We aim to help bridge the ethnic gaps and income disparities; bolstering the standard public-school curriculum with extracurricular STEM classes and foster academic confidence in under-served minority participants.

If you would like to enroll a member into our STEM program, please email, info@inarmsreach.net. Our staff and executive leaders will be in touch with more details. You may reach us at 212.650.5894.




Academic Enrichment

Education is considered the most important pillar in the construction of life. Education is the cornerstone of our society, giving people the tools, they need to make an impact and, perhaps, inspire change.

Our Academic Pillar provides kids with tutoring, homework help, educational supports to enhance their success in school and help them stay on or above grade level, academically. IAR exposes youth to a college setting at a tender age and operates out of a state-of-the-art building with electronic teaching capabilities in classrooms, small-group seminar rooms and multidisciplinary teaching facilities.

Each student is screened by high performing pre-med students by way of multiple choice, written answer text-based questions, and vocabulary-focused activities. Afterward, a proposed grade level is noted with a targeted anticipated date 3 to 6 months for retesting improvements.

Our students attend after school programming for 35 weeks during the school year, including thirteen holidays, totaling 940 hours of after school programming per academic year. When resources allow, our summer program operates for five hours per day, three days a week, totaling 120 hours of programming over eight weeks.

If you would like to enroll a member into our Academic Enrichment program, please email, info@inarmsreach.net. Our staff and executive leaders will be in touch with more details. You may reach us at 212.650.5894.




Mentoring

Mentoring creates a positive impact. Youth with mentors have higher rates of high school graduation and are less likely to drop out of school. Mentors help young adults grow and close the social and/or economic opportunity gap.

Our Mentoring Pillar (King Chasers) helps young men, including those impacted by the justice system between the ages of 14-21, develop critical life skills in areas of Personal Development, Higher Education, Careers, and Financial Literacy. IAR will aid them in becoming productive and responsible individuals in their communities and successful men of society.

Our Mentoring Pillar for young women of color ages 14-21 in partnership with PINKEST LUV, provides a myriad of unique and positive adult female role models that takes mentees under their wings. They nurture them to be confident, strong, and successful young women so that they can flourish and reach their fullest potential.

IAR has a unique one-on-one 2-prong mentoring model and best practices. We match participants through an interest and classification survey and assessment tool for both mentors and mentees. After this process, a targeted match is made with the best-qualified mentors. The goal is to individually assess each student’s interests and needs and support their social growth through service learning and career development.

Mentoring creates a positive impact. Youth with mentors have higher rates of high school graduation and are less likely to drop out of school. Mentors help young adults grow and close the social and/or economic opportunity gap.




College Prep

Redefining Education for the Optimistic Reform Millennium (R.E.F.O.R.M) 21st Century Pipeline

Our College Prep Pillar is an initiative designed to empower African American and Latinx high school students as they strive toward academic enrichment. At IAR, we position high school participants to become scholars and to access the most comprehensive and reliable STEM resources and networks.

College Prep students receive intensive college and life preparation resources including: academic workshops, financial aid assistance, essay writing help, community service opportunities, college tours and field trips, along with mentorship from individual mentors.

We helping students navigate the college application and admissions process while preparing them for the transitions between high school, college and work life.

If you would like to enroll a member into our College Prep program, please email, info@inarmsreach.net. Our staff and executive leaders will be in touch with more details. You may reach us at 212.650.5894.




Family Connections / Visitation

Our Family Connections / Visitation Pillar goal is designed to help build, nurture, and maintain the existing relationships that children have with their incarcerated parents. IAR help to reduce feelings of abandonment, anger, guilt, and anxiety that children of imprisoned parents are particularly prone to.

Many of the parents incarcerated from NYC are housed in prisons at least eight hours away from the city or longer, making visitations exceedingly difficult for poor families. In addition to providing transportation to upstate correctional facilities that would otherwise be inaccessible, we facilitate therapeutic discussions and help children keep in contact through letter writing. We have provided this service to hundreds of children (and other members of their family) over the years.

These visits and the associated physical contact can improve parent-child attachment as well as a child’s self-esteem and behavior in school. At IAR, helping children to improve their communication skills provides opportunities for more rewarding family interactions, helps heal parent-child relationships, and mitigates the challenges associated with parental incarceration.

If you would like to enroll a member into our Family Connections program, please email, info@inarmsreach.net. Our staff and executive leaders will be in touch with more details. You may reach us at 212.650.5894.



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MISSION

IAR mission is to engage under-resourced communities, marginalized youth and those impacted by the justice system by helping to improve educational opportunities and advancement, promote social and emotional learning, strengthen family and community ties, and to break the cycle of inter-generational incarceration.




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In Arms Reach, Inc. The City College of New York 160 Convent Avenue New York, New York 10031

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