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Experiential learning opportunities for refugee youth and their families.


REACH Participants Reported Caring More About Nature


REACH Participants Reported Feeling Better About Their Futures


REACH Participants Reported Feeling Better At Making New Friends


Youth, and their Family Members, From 30 Countries, Engaged in REACH Programs 

What We Do

We develop and deliver creative place-based programs that inspire and challenge refugee youth to step out of their comfort zones, to connect to others and their environs, and to discover a sense of space. Through experiential learning activities, we aim to awaken relationships between learning, living, and the land.

REACH Peer Mentor Lina Smiling in a Kayak

Who We Serve

REACH serves refugee youth, ages 10-18, who are at risk due to integration barriers and other urban factors. REACH formed in 2016 in direct response to current gaps in the field of refugee resettlement where agencies are severely underfunded and schools under supported. As refugee youth adjust and grow, REACH addresses their needs through academic, leadership, and social-emotional learning supports, and outdoor education opportunities.

REACH Founder Shana Wills standing with refugee family at annual Benefit


Learn about the various ways you can get involved in REACH's dynamic work. Whatever your interest or expertise, we would love to have you join our family as a Donor, Volunteer, Docent, or Partner.

Our Impact

Learn about our past accomplishments and future activities and read more about our philosophy, impact, and more.

Get to Know Us

Meet the small, but mighty team of staff, board, volunteers, docents, peer mentors, and partners, who make REACH possible.

REACH group standing in front of Maggie Daley Park climbing wall in Chicago


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