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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 2021, REACH:

Served students who were 75% female, 90% West Side residents, 88% Black and Latinx and 65% first-generation college attendees.

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

Provided more than 180 high school and college interns with more than 25,000 paid, work-based learning hours

Provided more than 2,000 STEM kits and wellness kits to students in pre-K through 8th grade, their families and our community partners

Helped 50% of our MedSTEM Pathways interns and 100% of our MedSTEM Explorers to earn one or more industry-recognized credentials: CPR, first aid/basic lifesaving, phlebotomy technician and ECG technician

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