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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

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


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

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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