"I truly believe the only way we can create global peace is through not only educating our minds, but our hearts and our souls." -Malala Yousafzai
Workshops are held three hours a week that are intended to create a supportive environment for topic exploration, gardening and a group meal. In addition to this, there is also a psychotherapy support group, run once a week by a local professional, available to all participants.
The R.E.A.C.H. program sessions run in blocks of 20 weeks of classes. Community members and service providers are invited to speak during the workshop series. Workshops are designed so that participants can employ information learned in tandem with the support of their mentor as tools to achieve successes in their individualized plans. The exact arch of the curriculum changes with the needs of the group, intentionally customized maximize networking opportunities for participants.
Visits to local farms, businesses, and outdoor recreation areas are also included in the curriculum, providing real-world, community-based opportunities to connect and learn.
In addition to classes, R.E.A.C.H. also offers a support group once a week for participants. Lead by Tori Pajeski, a licensed social worker with years of experience in community mental health, the support group is intended to allow women in transition to learn to express and manage feelings about their experiences throughout the duration of the program. The group not only encourages a continued relationship of support between the mentor/mentee, but also allows participants to safely seek the support of one another while traveling their independent paths.
The group process can be instrumental in helping any person come out of an experience of isolation, which is, unfortunately, a "side effect" of both poverty and trauma. Finding out that you are not alone – not alone in your circumstance, not alone in your struggle, not alone in your state of feeling – can be key to standing back up to fight another day.
Some class topics include: educational and skill development pathways, economic literacy and finance, health and nutrition, and stress management techniques.