Honolulu—Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui shared how his R.E.A.C.H. Initiative will positively impact public intermediate/middle school students statewide with Rotary Club of Kapolei members.
R.E.A.C.H., which is spearheaded by Lt. Governor Tsutsui, is an after-school initiative designed to provide academic enrichment, athletics, and arts and culture to intermediate/middle school students throughout our state. R.E.A.C.H.’s mission is to assure that public middle and intermediate school students are provided with an opportunity to participate in after-school programs; engaging them in a broad-base of programs and activities in the areas of academics, athletics and the arts, so they can stay on track toward high school graduation and be better prepared for a successful future.
Studies have shown that the hours between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. are a critical time in the lives of a teen. Crimes committed by or against juveniles mainly occur on school days between 3 and 7 p.m. And for the at-risk keiki who are in danger of dropping out of school, falling too far behind academically, or falling under the influence of substance abuse or poor influences, access to after-school programs is absolutely necessary to positively affecting their lives. Studies concluded that high quality afterschool programs can lead to improved attendance, behavior and coursework.
With after-school programs that provide hands on, fun and an engaging environment, middle/intermediate school students will be encouraged to remain engaged and interested in academics. “With R.E.A.C.H., we hope to keep middle school students connected with school (through programs that they have an interest in), thus keeping them on the path towards successful education outcomes,” he said.