This summer, staff at our properties worked hard putting together a unique, hybrid system to deliver high-quality summer learning experiences for resident kids and neighborhood students. Coming out of 2020’s shut down while carefully navigating the reopening of our community centers for in-person activities, our summer programs covered the spectrum of our REACH Kids program values.
REACH is our resident services approach to customized services for families that encourage the success of kids at our properties and the surrounding neighborhood, both academically at school and practically for work and life. As an acrostic, REACH focuses on five values that enrich the lives of residents – kids, families, the formerly homeless, veterans, seniors, and those living with special needs.
The R value in REACH is for Relationships in a safe, supportive environment. After 15 months of virtual programs, Jamboree’s Community Impact team was eager to re-engage with resident kids and students, who were glad to be back together. With community centers at so many Jamboree properties, we took full advantage of large rooms and outdoor spaces, committed to the safety of the students.
Our eight-week Summer Camp Adventure was a collaboration with community partners to provide fun, creative, and educational activities. Staff worked hard to offer expanded and flexible schedules, with onsite teams making staggered schedules for additional safety in managing the students. Going the extra mile, we also built an online virtual safe space for residents to engage in activities to help support children’s mental health, as well as online learning for families more comfortable participating at home.
At the other end of REACH, H stands for Horizons that open new opportunities in a global world. At Clark Commons, Teen Fridays provide an in-person opportunity to connect with friends and learn new skills. Thanks to community partner Move More Eat Healthy with Providence St. Jude, teens learned how to prep ingredients and make a simple, healthy pizza as an after-school snack. Working together, students had the opportunity to build friendships, and have fun together. At the end of the program, kids picked up supplies and materials they will use throughout the rest of the month in online, virtual programming. Both teens and their parents left excited to begin in-person programming, and looking forward to the activities ahead.