Founded in January 2015 Tallahassee, Florida
Reach youth. Impact lives. Inspire greatness.
Reach One Youth Organization, Inc. is a non-profit, 501c3 organization that was originally established to provide positive youth development programs for at-risk, underprivileged, and/or under-represented, minority youth. The Reach One Youth Organization, Inc. strategy was started as a way to pay it forward through the merging of passion for two things—youth and basketball. However, as time grew on the founders realized all youth ages 3-18 should have an opportunity to have the best sporting experience possible. As such Reach One Sports (a youth sports program) was developed.
Sports are used as a tool, a positive youth development (PYD) activity, that promotes and builds character while also helping equip each student-athlete with the life skills needed to succeed in the present and near future. Prevention and intervention efforts are incorporated to combat “School to Prison Pipeline” as well as the "Disproportionate Minority Contact" in the Juvenile System thereby, creating healthy and positive support systems to help "Keep Young People Out of Prison and in the Classroom" (American Institute for Research, 2012). Our programs strive to provide other ways of positive youth development so as to expose youth to more than just sports. As such, other program components include: travel/club sports (i.e., currently basketball only), mentorship/college readiness, family engagement. Currently active are the following components:
This is best demonstrated and encouraged through our current Reach 1 Elite (a competitive travel club of Reach One Sports) in which a college tour is incorporated with each tournament weekend as a point of exposure to higher education and life beyond sports and extracurricular activities. However, students not participating in sports activities are also encouraged to participate in college tours through our REAch Success Program. All students participating in Reach One Sports programs are challenged and encouraged to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in the classroom. Every student is also encouraged to work hard towards college entry, be it academic, athletic and/or volunteerism scholarship, and go on to complete a degree. Even if the student does not succeed in obtaining a scholarship, he/she is still encouraged to complete a college degree or trade to be better positioned for future success.
Accomplishments and Highlights (most recent on top)
2015 (Oldest listed first: January-December)
Our second year proved to be a great year filled with wonderful activities and positive youth engagement the youth participated in that included: Big Shots Runner-Up, 2nd Place , Tallahassee, FL and College Tour: Florida State University; AAU Super Regional Champions, 1st Place finish, Jacksonville, FL and College Tour: Art Institute of Jacksonville (Miami International University of Art & Design) (Team pictures and highlights in photo gallery by Jarmon Photography); Participated in Super Bowl XLIX (49) watch party @ALARM International, Inc. Tyler Biggins Memorial Tournament Champions, 1st Place finish , Tallahassee, FL and Community Service: Church Clean-Up; Big Shots Tallahassee, 1st Place finish, Tallahassee, FL; Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, Atlanta, GA (Did Not Place) and College Tour: University of Georgia; Disney Memorial Classic, Elite 8 finish, Orlando, FL and College Tour: University of Central Florida; AAU North Florida District Champions, 1st Place finish, Tavares, FL; Big Shots Daytona Champions, 1st Place finish, Daytona Beach, FL and College Tour: Daytona State College; Source Hoops Classic, Tallahassee, FL; ALARM International, Inc. "Thanksgiving Bags of Blessing" where we served families in need received full Thanksgiving meals with Turkey, sides, and desserts.
American Institute for Research (2012). Keeping Young People Out of Prison and in the Classroom. American Institutes for Research