Religious Educators for the Advancement of Hispanic Children (REACH) is a network formed under the leadership of Hispanic CREO to organize, educate and sustain the faith-based community around Hispanic CREO’s mission to improve educational outcomes for Hispanic students and provide information and support on parental choice in education.
REACH works with national, state and local faith-based leaders, youth ministries and other religious organizations to develop comprehensive messaging and cohesive advocacy efforts for this integral part of the Hispanic community structure.
The faith sector understands the importance of a quality education and knows firsthand the crisis Hispanic children and youth are facing with the lowest rates of graduation of any population group, increasing dropout rates, and the unattainability of higher education for many Hispanic youth. Yet the faith-based leaders, pastors, ministers and priests have a direct relationship with the members of their congregations and furthermore, are eager to ensure the highest quality of life for them.
To date, REACH has recruited over 2,000 churches, nearly 1,000 of which are located in Florida, and has developed curriculum specific to the faith-based community. The curriculum includes capacity-building training in the areas of Hispanic educational performance standards and measurements, influencing policymakers and engaging elected officials, the power of associations and networks, and developing a scope of capacity and influence. The training modules have been developed around Hispanic CREO’s core values of expanding educational opportunities and promoting parental choice in education.
If you are a religious institution or organization seeking to improve Hispanic children educational outcome, please join REACH today!