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Our Impact

To address inequitable outcomes in health, wealth and education, REACH aims to build youth interest in STEM and health care careers from the moment they start preschool. Since 2017, we've engaged more than 10,000 students, parents, educators and community members.

“I brag so much about the support system, the learning opportunities, and the mission of the internship itself. I realized who was my fuel to continue my career path in medicine. It is REACH, MedSTEM Pathways, my cohort, Rush University Medical Center. I cannot describe the life changing impact [REACH has had on] me and all of the other REACH students. I tear up every time I speak about REACH, it literally changed my life.”

Jayline P. – UIC Medicina Scholar, Class of 2023

In 2022, REACH:

Worked with more than 4,000+ students, parents, educators and community members.

Hosted nearly 300 students and 40 parents at a Health Sciences Career Fair at Malcolm X College and held career
exploration days at 6 partner elementary and K-8 schools.

Provided 150+ High School and College students with paid work-based learning and internships. 

86% of our MedSTEM participants on track to earn one or more industry-recognized credentials: CPR, first aid/basic lifesaving, phlebotomy technician and ECG technician.

Welcomed 26 college students and grads to the pilot cohort of RU Ready MedSchool Bootcamp.

85% of the Class of 2022 are employed in STEM/healthcare role or enrolled in graduate school.

Read our impact reports and watch our videos to learn more: