RFT GEAR UP Partnership
Reach For Tomorrow, Inc. (RFT) has an extended history of working with federally sponsored GEAR UP programs using both our summer experiential programs and our web based academic programming. Additionally, RFT is a partner with the Wichita State University (WSU) GEAR UP program offering the both an academic and "in kind match" program.
"In Kind Match"
GEAR UP programs must secure matching funds annually in order to retain an awarded grant. RFT is able to assist GEAR UP awardees with a matching "in kind" contribution which includes virtually unlimited student and instructor access to a web based IT training program that contains more than 60,000 instructional streaming videos as well as state standard based instructional curricula content. The value per student and the nearly unlimited access to the program enables RFT to support GEAR UP program managers with a powerful value added tool to their proposals.
Summer Experiential Programs
Malcolm Gladwell in his treatise, Outliers , points specifically to a Johns Hopkins study by Karl Alexander wherein students were tested in June and again in September using a California Achievement Test over a 5 year period(Outliers, pp.255-258). This biannual distinction allowed researchers to focus on changes in student reading proficiency achieved during the summer months. Students were divided into three economic groups and throughout the academic year the low income students actually equaled or surpassed affluent student gains; however, by the end of the 5th year the high income students' measured gains were more than double those of the low income students. The difference maker it appears was what the students did during the summer.
Serve as a mentor. We have opportunities for you to volunteer not only on our summer programs but also throughout the year.
Help us continue our mission to improve the Attitude, Attendance, and Achievement in rising high school students in order to increase the size of the qualified applicant pool for college and jobs and to become good American citizens.
Reach for Tomorrow always welcomes opportunities for additional partnerships with existing academic and after/out-of-school programs.