Adrianna Smith founded YouReach in 2010, while she was a junior in high school, and has been running the program since its establishment. The program was launched in June of 2010 with an intensive all-day, two-week summer enrichment camp, with tutoring and writing sessions, and visits from outstanding role models to help inspire our children. After the initial summer camp, YouReach provided weekly mentoring and tutoring sessions held every Saturday throughout the academic year. The entire program, camp, classes, tutoring, field trips, meals and activitieshave always been 100% free of charge to the families. The program was embraced by the community and grew as new children join in. An incredible group of volunteer Leaders and Tutors dedicated their time and talent to our program and played a fundamental role in advancing our work.
Our mission has always been to mentor and inspire young Hispanic children through writing and tutoring sessions, instilling a sense of pride and hope in their futures, and learning from Hispanic role models who come to visit and inspire our students with life stories. Our original program took place at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Parish, Washington DC. Since the program was entirely free of charge, we needed to rely on grants, pro-bono professional support, and the far-reaching and inspiring gift of time of our volunteers.