In Arms Reach, Inc.

  • NY

About Us

In Arms Reach (IAR), is a NYC non-profit located on the City College of New York’s Harlem campus. We provide FREE educational and social services to low-income children and families’ within NYC, with a targeted focus on children of incarcerated parents and disengaged youth. Our unique structure allows us to facilitate a successful and diverse group of programming for youth ages 6-20. IAR has provided services to over 750 individuals including program youth, their siblings, guardians, and other family members. Services include over 9,450 hours of tutoring, hundreds of after-school mentoring sessions, intensive college prep curriculum, educational and social based projects’ and activities, and free transportation to upstate prison facilities for children (and relatives) to visit and be reunited with their incarcerated parent. We are currently working with New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services Special Delinquency Program, along with the City College Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Engineering and the Black Male Initiative to provide resources to these children of promise.

About Our Programs *All program participants receive free transportation to NY prison facilities

One-on-One Mentoring Ages 6-18

We provide positive role models to youth through yearlong mentor-mentee linkages. Mentors assist with homework, build relationships, and facilitate monthly outings and activities.

Tutoring Ages 6-20

Tutorial services for youth. We assist student with academic needs, further in class curriculums, and promote social growth.

College Prep Ages 15-20 (Males only)

Youth receive intensive college and life preparation including academic workshops, financial aid assistance, essay writing, college tours, community service, and field trips, along with mentorship from minority males. Students meet twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays.

P.R.E.P Progressively Reaching Excellence and Preparedness Ages 15-20 (Males only)

Summer based program where youth receive career preparation and/or college preparation including work preparation, interview preparation, job placement, and hands on skill building. They are given the opportunity to visit interesting NYC sites, and are prepared with tools to succeed in the world.

Family Connection Visitation Program

Transportation services are provided to various upstate correctional facilities. Creative letter writing also implemented.


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