Honolulu — Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui’s after-school initiative, R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health), has been selected to receive a grant from the National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) through its Pro Bowl Community grant program. The grant program provides funding for youth-serving organizations in Hawaii in celebration of the 2014 Pro Bowl.
“A big mahalo to the NFL Foundation for its donation to our initiative,” said Tsutsui. “This grant will go a long way to help expand our initiative, enabling it to serve more middle and intermediate school students with quality after-school activities that will keep them engaged and excited about learning.”
R.E.A.C.H. provides an organizational framework for public middle and intermediate schools to offer expanded learning opportunities during after-school hours. The initiative’s mission is to expand learning opportunities during non-instructional hours to public middle and intermediate school students so they can stay on track toward high school graduation and be better prepared for future success. The Lt. Governor recently kicked-off R.E.A.C.H.’s pilot project at Mililani Middle School, where he announced the five schools that were selected to participate in the project. Those schools are: Mililani Middle, Hana High and Elementary, Kawananakoa Middle, Molokai Middle, and Waiakea Intermediate.
“We are tremendously grateful for the NFL Foundation’s generosity towards the R.E.A.C.H. Initiative,” said Tom Apple, president for R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii, the initiative’s non-profit organization. “This is a fine example on how public-private partnerships can work together towards providing more positive educational opportunities for our keiki.”
Started in March 2013, the R.E.A.C.H. initiative continues to develop and is currently being considered by the State Legislature to become a permanently funded program under the Office of Youth Services. For more information on the initiative, please visit www.reachouthawaii.org.