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Financial Literacy Training Equips REACH Students For One of the Key Challenges of Adulthood

By Kari Weber Benjamins, dough, green, scratch, cheddar, bucks, skrilla: Whatever name it is goes by, money is used by all. But today many Americans are expected to understand how to make money, save it, Read more

REACH outdoor activities require a lot of preparation and careful planning, but that only makes the actual event more fun.

REACH Interns See the Program from New Perspectives

  by Orfalea Foundation At the REACH Wilderness First Aid Training, we noticed students from the 2012 cohort leading activities for siblings of the 2013 cohort, and we decided to learn more about the students Read more

Wilderness First Aid Instructor Rod Tucknott inspects a student's work.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid Teaches Students a Lot More Than How To Make a Splint

Wilderness First Aid Instructor Rod Tucknott inspects a student’s work. Earlier this summer, the Orfalea Foundation’s 2013 REACH cohort split into three groups for a 25-day expedition into the mountains and canyons of Colorado. For Read more

Preparing a splint from a sleeping pad and clothes.

You’ll Want These REACH Students Around in the Event of an Emergency

Recently returned from their 25-day expedition in the mountains and canyons of Colorado, the REACH 2013 students ended their summer with a four-day Wilderness Advanced First Aid Training. Later this month we’ll post a more Read more

REACH students work on team-based problem solving through the Human Knot exercise at the group's recent orientation.

What is a REACH Student?

REACH students work on team-based problem solving through the Human Knot exercise at the group’s recent orientation. If you could ask only one question about the REACH Program, “What is a REACH student?” dives into Read more

REACH Students at the Camp Whittier High Ropes Course

Students from the Orfalea Foundation’s REACH youth development program celebrated their return from 25 days in the Colorado wilderness with a day of teamwork, challenges, debriefing, and presentations. Music courtesy of B. Willing James.

Students harvested, prepped, cooked, and served food as part of a three-day Health & Wellness retreat.

Health and Wellness from Farm to Table

Students harvested, prepped, cooked, and served food as part of a three-day Health & Wellness retreat. In late March and early April, two groups of REACH students participated in Health and Wellness Retreats over three Read more

The fruits of their labor. REACH students sit down to enjoy the meal they shopped for, prepped, and cooked.

REACH Students Pursue Food Literacy

Students in the Orfalea Foundation’s REACH Youth Development Program have spent weeks in the wilderness learning self-confidence and self-reliance, participated in college tours to better plan their educational future, received first-aid training to competently deal with emergencies, 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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