What is KidREACH?
KidREACH is a World Vision academic mentoring program to children in need. The program equips and trains volunteers to become free tutors to struggling students from low-income families.
The program works through partnerships. World Vision provides training, technical assistance, school supplies, and capacity development. Community organizations and churches provide volunteer tutors and gain the capacity to better serve children. Local schools identify students in need of tutoring help.
KidREACH—the name partly stands for Relating, Educating, And Communicating Hope—especially benefits children and youth who demonstrate early warning signs that may lead them to drop out of school.
The program pairs each student with a trained volunteer adult or youth tutor who has provided references and been screened at a KidREACH partner's site, producing a structured and safe environment for learning to occur and relationships to grow.
Students meet once or twice a week after school with their tutors to learn basic math and literacy skills, do homework, and share their lives with positive role models. Academic activities are designed to help each child develop skills that will lead to lifelong achievement.
"They don't just give me the answers," said Adrian, a third-grader. "They help me and then I find the answers." Another third-grader, Amanda, said that with KidREACH, "I get more homework done. My math and reading grades got better. I didn't know how to use big words, and now I do because they taught me."
KidREACH currently is offered in the Seattle/Tacoma, Los Angeles, New York, and Appalachia areas.