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Giving and Gaining: REACH Students Serve and Learn

by Kari Weber Giving and gaining are symbiotic components of community involvement. To support one of six core areas, students in the Orfalea Foundation’s REACH program give their time and gain knowledge, understanding and experience. The Read more


College Tours Help REACH Students Get a Feel for the Reality of Campus Life

by Julissa Garcia-Corona Over the last 3 months, students with the Orfalea Foundation REACH Program have had the opportunity to visit eight college campuses in California. These campuses were strategically selected to expose students to Read more

Magali and other REACH students during a college tour.

In Pursuit of Higher Education: Two REACH Students’ Journey

Part 1: Introduction by Ken Gates In this occasional series, we’ll follow the adventures of two REACH students as they work their way through the process of getting from high school to college, from researching Read more

Sydney Iverson, at right, assists another REACH backpacker with blister management.

A REACH Student’s Blue Lakes Expedition Journal

By Sydney Iverson As I skim through my journal to review my notes for this article, I am confronted with mosquitos and bits of sage that are pressed into its pages. The sage is there Read more

A REACH Student’s Poem about Ascending Mt. Whitney

Summit Day by Ariana Leon It’s 2 am, wake up call. I no longer feel warmth, but fear. As I’m packing my pack, I know the day is here. I look up and see the Read more

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What do Teens Really Know about Careers They Are Considering?

At 11:45 AM, the Orfalea Downtown Center doors opened and the 2012 Cohort walked in with posters, presentation notecards, and a lot of nervous excitement. Ask most high school students what they want to do Read more

REACH Parents Reflect on Their Students’ First Year

“I want to take a picture of you, because when you get back, you won’t be the same person.” Last fall, we interviewed some REACH students’ parents during a college prep workshop. The brief video Read more

Why are these teenagers smiling? Because they know there is much to smile about.

“Thank You” Is More Than Good Manners: It is a Path to Success and Happiness

By Kari Weber Emotional intelligence and the practice of mindfulness received significant attention recently, including the front page of the February issue of Time magazine. Locally, Santa Barbara High School instituted Restorative Justice Practice, a Read more


Scholarship Opportunities Abound, but Deadlines are Looming

By Julissa Garcia-Corona “Not only has my scholarship made me proud of my achievements, but it has made me excited for my future studying nursing at UC Irvine. Paying for college was going to be Read more


REACH Journal: A Time to Reflect at Big Sur

By Ken Gates Over winter break, while televisions, smartphones and Facebook took the place of school for many young people, the REACH 2013 Cohort left the creature comforts of home and took on the Cone Read more

About Transition to Adulthood

REACH is an experiential education program for motivated high school students from California’s Santa Barbara County that prepares them to take control of their future. REACH (which stands for Resilience, Education, Adventure, Community and Health) works to prepare students for lives of purposeful action, continuous learning, and the courageous pursuit of opportunity. READ MORE

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