REACH Memphis offers you an exciting summer experience at one of a number of outstanding Prep Schools or Colleges. In addition, and as important, we work with you throughout your remaining high school years to help prepare you to attend a college suitable to your academic interests.
As a member of REACH Memphis you are required to attend a summer program as well as a number of mandatory activities/meetings. You also have the option of participating in select community service programs.
The goal of REACH Memphis is to match you with a Coach immediately upon being accepted in the program. This Coach will work with you to prepare you for your upcoming summer experience. Upon your return from your summer experience, your Coach will start preparing you for college attendance.
Each summer program has specific requirements which must be met in order to apply. These requirements will direct REACH Memphis staff as they work with you to select a program that compliments your academic strengths.
You and your parents will schedule an appointment at the Summer Program Showcase Meeting, usually held in January. The application to the selected program will be submitted in February. You will receive an email from REACH Memphis informing you of when to come to the office to submit this application.
NOTE: Some programs have application submission dates as early as February 1. If you are applying to one of these schools, we will schedule an early appointment with you to ensure that you meet the deadline.
Your packet includes a list of mandatory meetings and activities. These are important and you are REQUIRED to attend. The first of these activities is the Summer Program Showcase. Here you will have an opportunity to talk with leadership from some of the summer programs and to hear from students and parents about their summer program experiences.
You are also required to submit an essay as part of the application process. The essay is to be submitted to Linda Patterson by email (email@example.com) THREE DAYS prior to your February appointment.
Most of the summer programs offered by REACH Memphis include some type of scholarship. These scholarships are usually based upon family income. REACH Memphis has no authority over how these scholarships are granted, but we are careful to be sure that your application is appropriately completed so you have the best chance for a scholarship. In addition, there are some costs that you will incur and we will talk with your parents about what those may be.
You will receive an acceptance letter between February and May. This letter will inform you of the amount of your scholarship and any additional expenses that may be required from you. REACH Memphis will work with your family to determine any additional support which may be available to your family situation and the organization’s budget.
You have a coach who is helping you prepare for your summer program. In addition, there are several meetings you are required to attend. Some require a parent(s) to attend, others are for students only.
Once accepted into a summer program, you will receive a list of specific items needed for your experience. These items will include school supplies, materials, travel needs, etc. We will work closely with you to be sure you have everything you need.
You will have a roommate, and your roommate will not be someone from Memphis. One of the goals of the summer program is to give you the opportunity to meet new people and experience new environments.
Taking responsibility for your actions is an important part of preparing you for college. You were selected from more than 200 applicants who wanted the opportunity to be a part of REACH Memphis. You owe it to yourself and to the organization to participate fully. To ensure your full participation, it will be important for you to check your email daily. You will be required to do this in college and it is an important habit to develop. Only under emergency situations will a summer program allow an application to be submitted late. The same is with mandatory REACH Memphis programs. In some instances, missing required meetings without confirming in advance why you are unable to attend can lead to removal from the program.
On occasion, summer program representatives may contact their applicants directly. This is their first impression of you so it is important for you to have a respectful message on your voice mail in the event you are not available. It is also important you respond to their voice mail as soon as possible so they understand that you are interested in attending. You must check your email frequently as representatives from the program may communicate with you by email too. Email addresses should be respectful and professional as well.
Remember, not all summer programs contact you directly so do not be alarmed if your schools works only through the REACH Memphis office.
REACH Memphis REQUIRES you to complete an evaluation and write an essay about your experience within three days after returning from your summer program. Both the essay and evaluation are submitted directly to REACH Memphis. Failure to do this could jeopardize your future participation in the program.
Your summer program may also require you to submit an evaluation directly to the school. You must follow their directions or the ability for future students to attend could be jeopardized.
Staying in touch is an important part of the REACH Memphis Program. If you have any changes to your contact information, let REACH Memphis know immediately by calling 901-682-0699 or emailing our Administrative Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, it is your responsibility to keep this information current as this is the only way we have of informing you of upcoming mandatory activities and meetings.
If at any time you or your parents have any questions about REACH Memphis please email Linda Patterson at email@example.com or call her at 901-490-0425.
Summer programs vary in length from one to six weeks. Your child is required to attend the full session.
Most summer programs offer scholarships at some level, depending upon financial income qualifications. REACH Memphis has no authority over a school’s acceptance criteria but works closely with you and your child so you apply to the schools best suited to your child’s academic interests and any financial aid eligibility.
Thanks to the support of many in the community, REACH Memphis is often able to assist with your tuition, supplies, and/or travel. You will also be asked to support these expenses at some level. REACH Memphis will work with you to determine a payment plan should one be necessary.
The summer program selection process includes a review of the school’s admission criteria, a review of your child’s academic interests, as well as your child’s overall readiness to travel out of town for longer than one week.
Each school has protocols for contacting your child. You will be informed of the best way to maintain contact with your child during his/her time away from home. You are also free to contact the REACH Memphis office at any time should you have questions or concerns. The contact information is: Linda Patterson: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 901-490-0425.
When does the College Counselor begin working with my child? What is the goal of this Counselor’s role?
Under most circumstances, the College Counselor will begin working with your child upon returning from the summer program. The College Counselor’s goal is to help your child prepare for college by:
- Offering a number of college readiness workshops
- Assisting in selecting a college and meeting admission criteria
- Completing the FAFSA and obtaining financial aid
- Managing one’s time/finances/responsibilities as a college student
A Coach is a volunteer who has been screened and trained by REACH Memphis and helps your child:
- Prepare for the summer experience
- Remain motivated to keep his/her grades at the minimum level of 3.5
- Engage in activities that will build a worthy college resume
- Create a planning packet pertinent to your student’s grade level to keep your student focused on college attainment. A volunteer Coach is assigned to every student.
Once in college, we try to connect your child with a REACH Memphis Alum who can offer continued encouragement and support, especially during the freshman year.