Who We Are
The Desert Reach program was incorporated in 2003 with the vision of offering positive recreational outlets and building relationships. Youth were welcomed into the program before and after school hours to hang out with adult volunteers playing ping pong and completing homework, participating in field trips, guitar classes, or attending hip-hop and poetry nights. Valuable relationships were formed and youth were offered an alternative to running the streets after school.
In 2004 Desert Reach, through new and continued community partnerships, grew its scope and reach. Desert Reach began to engage at-risk youth with job preparation and readiness skills leadership development as well as incorporating a case management component to the group mentoring program. This was a stepping stone to further Desert Reach’s advancement for growth in offering additional core services to inner city youth.
Desert Reach expanded its reach to health initiatives that also raised funds for children in the community through charity runs. The first annual Desert Reach 5k in 2012 raised money for school supplies. The 2nd annual Desert Reach 5k in 2013 raised funds for sports equipment. In 2014 the Desert Reach 5k raised funds and awareness for equipping today's youth to be leaders. Each of these runs involved hundreds of people walking, running and raising money.
The above are just a few examples of programs and community initiatives we have led, but the real success is the relationships built and the life change that accompanies those positive relationships.
From humble beginnings to today, Desert Reach has served over 1,000 youth. The Desert Reach program has partnered with many agencies such as City of Phoenix, Phoenix Police Department, Maryvale YMCA, Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, Maryvale Revitalization Corporation and Southwest Behavioral Health. The vision of Desert Reach remains the same-changing the lives of inner city youth by building positive relationships-and we have been successful doing so. Youth have matured through our programs from getting their first job, graduating high school, and advancing into college. They have harnessed their true potential of being
Mentoring Tomorrow's Leaders Today!