We were recognized by the Journal Record as 1 of only 5 Programs Making a Difference in 2020!
Our 14U Team wins their first championship!
2020 Christmas Party-1
Our 14U Team wins their first championship!
To prepare girls and boys for adult life by providing fun and educational activities that teach life and social skills, good decision-making and otherwise broaden their horizons to empower them to be thoughtful and productive youth citizens.
to the REACH FORWARD FOUNDATION
We are a 501(c)3 Mentorship Program for 6th-12th grade young ladies and gentlemen.
Sat, 5/15: June Trip Planning
Note: We are playing things by ear due to COVID-19, but still finding ways to engage our mentees and their families.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW MEMBERS FOR 2020-2021
Check out our 2021 OKC Martin Luther King Virtual Parade Entry
April 2021--- Our boys basketball teams participated in their first tournament taking Championship and 3rd Place honors respectively! Congrats boys and coaches.
Easter Weekend---Members of All Brothers Allowed and Sisters With Purpose engaged in a real-life civics lesson as they helped OKCPS School Board Member, Charles Henry, campaign for School Board Chair by distributing fliers to strategic residences across multiple neighborhoods over a 5-day period, some even working on Easter Sunday. This was not a political statement, but a means of teaching our youth to be civic-minded. We are grateful for the opportunity. Check out some pics here.
March 2021---We added 14U and 15U AAU basketball teams (OK Team TakeOver) as a means of rebuilding our boys program. Coach Montgomery took members of both teams and some of our Sisters With Purpose members on an impromptu trip to Black Wall Street in Tulsa over Spring Break. What a great way for them to learn about the legacy of wealth-building within the Black Community, right here in Oklahoma that influenced communities across the nation.
1.30.21---ACT PREP CLASS CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION--We will bring it back next year.
1.20.21---Reach Forward would not let COVID-19 defeat us. We continued our tradition of participating in the Oklahoma City Martin Luther King Jr Parade by submitting a virtual "float" entry. See us in the parade here.
12.20.20---In the age of COVID-19, we had to spread holiday cheer a bit differently! We hosted a social distancing friendly holiday celebration that included a Reach & Grab gift table and holiday treats provided to our mentees courtesy of McKenzie Ministries, pizza and a holiday photo opp for family and friend groups in attendance.
9.19.20---Fun was had by all at the September Hangout at the beautiful new Scissortail Park in Downtown OKC! Things kicked off with lunch (courtesy of McKenzie Ministries), followed by a Scavenger Hunt for a cash prize, setting the stage for a lesson on Savings where each mentee received their own "money jar" to begin their savings journey and we wrapped things up with each one writing down their first savings goal. Check out photo and video highlights here.
8.25.20---Reach Forward Foundation is announced as a Journal Record 2020 Programs Making a Difference Honoree!
8.15.20---After months of quarantine, he had a wildly fun Family Fun Hangout out in Jones, OK. We were able to have safe, socially-distanced fun fishing, sack-racing, having tug-of-war battles and of course eating good old barbecue. See the photos above.
June 2020---We congratulate our 2020 High School graduates---Sylvia Howard and Khiry Montgomery!
2.21.20---The young ladies enjoyed a day of Black History education while the boys participated in the 2nd Annual Ties to the Future event, hosted for us by the Law Offices of Dan Davis and sponsored by GQ Fashions. The young men in attendance were paired up or in small groups to glean wisdom from about 30 guest mentors from the community who included the likes of Dan Davis, Attorney at Law, the owners of GQ Fashions, the owner of Battison Honda, aka the "cut it" guy. This awesome event featured a style lesson from GQ Fashions, a keynote presentation by State Senator George Young, Sr and each young man learning to tie a tie and receiving his own brand-new tie---See photos of both events in the rotating gallery above.
2.1.20---ACT PREP WITH MASTER THE TEST---We had a soldout group of 50+ students learning strategies to build up confidence and improve their scores on the ACT, facilitated by the ACT Prep Experts of Master the Test. Thanks to our partnership, we were able to offer this 4-hour crash course at a fraction of the usual cost to families. Check out the highlights of this ACT Prep day here!
January 2020---We had double the fun this month! We enjoyed our regular Hangout on January 18th with "Real Talk" to help our young people navigate communication, social media, friendships, dates and other matters important to them. Then just 2 days later, we helped honor the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr at the 40th Annual Oklahoma City Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Parade & Celebration. This was the largest turnout for parade participants in the 40 year history of this event. We marched in the parade handing out candy with info about Reach Forward, some rode in some very cool club cars and a hand-selected group of our young men served as suit models for GQ Fashions...Fun was had by all as we honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King for whom we can thank for many of the freedoms we enjoy today! Check out pics here!
12.14.19---We love the holiday season at Reach Forward! We sponsored a family in need AND had a great holiday celebration including gift exchange for our final Hangout of 2019!
11.16.19---20 amazing young people and 7 of our parents served men, women and children in need at City Rescue Mission. November is our give back month so this is our 2nd year in a row to serve at City Rescue Mission, the largest homeless shelter in OKC. This is a favorite activity for our mentees and families. See photos in the slideshow above and video of Exec Dir Wyjuana Montgomery sharing words of wisdom here.
09.21.19---New Family Orientation
We had a wonderful time with food and laughter as we reflected on all our adventures and what we accomplished last year. We also welcomed a wonderful new mentee and her family, Miss Elise! We are looking forward to continuing the work to come alongside parents/guardians to teach life skills, good decision-making and social skills to help form productive youth citizens!
08.24.19---The 6th Annual NO FEAR Ladies Conference benefiting Reach Forward Foundation was a great success once again. Several young ladies from Reach Forward were in attendance and 2 of them served as co-emcees. Stay tuned for the announcement of our fundraising total! Check out event photos here!
Reach Forward Foundation
2019 Annual Report
I am a member of the Quarantined Class of 2020! Now that I have wrapped up high school with Honors, I'm headed to pursue a degree in Robotic Engineering while playing basketball for Loras College in Dubuque, IA---Go Duhawks!
Malina-I landed my first part-time job @ Braum's!
Tavia-I babysat for an essential employee most of this crazy summer and I love working with children with special needs.
My mentor helped me with college planning and I earned a full-ride basketball scholarship.
The ABA Crew
We are the Reach Forward "boys crew" known as All Brothers Allowed. We enjoy learning and having fun together!
06.29.19---Great fun was had by all 17 teens and the parent volunteers who spent an entire day of water fun in nature @ Turner Falls (Davis, OK). To cap off the day, we visited Bedre Chocolate Factory on the way home to enjoy delectable treats that melt in your mouth!
05.25.19---School is out and it's time for some summer fun. We met as a group in the lounge section of Northpark Mall to practice our communication, teamwork and organizational skills as we worked through the logistics of our June Hangout (Bedre Chocolate Factory & Turner Falls). After our group planning session, we headed for a bit of movie fun at Northpark AMC. Check out a bit of our planning meeting here.
04.28.19---We partnered with Teri Walls of Master the Test to offer an information session to our Reach Forward Parents to help them help their children prepare for the ACT/SAT and overall college readiness. At the same time, our youth were working through ACT-type Math and English questions in the Boys & Girls Club computer lab. Check out the photos here.
03.19.19---This was the first college tour for many of our students. We had a great time touring Southern Nazarene University. Students and parents alike learned much about SNU as well as the overall college application process and student life. Thanks to this opportunity, we now have several students interested in attending Southern Nazarene. Check out the photos here.
02.16.19---Reach Forward took over the Oklahoma History Center. We had a wonderful time exploring all 5 galleries on a Selfie Scavenger Hunt! We may make this an annual event as it was so much fun! We thank the Inasmuch Foundation for making our trip possible through a special grant for schools and youth programs like ours.
01.26.19---The first annual Ties to the Future event for our young men was a huge success with 20 boys and 20 business men showing up to teach young men how to tie a tie as well as present themselves respectfully and professionally. A HUGE THANKS TO GQ FASHIONS AND BOARDMAN, LLC for ensuring that each boy received a new tie.
12.15.18---We wrapped up 2018 with a fun, interactive Holiday Party! Check out the photo gallery.
11.17.18---Our first group service project @ City Rescue Mission was a win for all involved! See photos here.
10.22.18---We had an amazing session on "Unmasking Our Fears". Check out a video excerpt here.
9.22.18: First official Hangout-Vision Boards & Goal-Setting
8.4.18: Community Kick-Off Event