The Reach Program is an evidence-informed approach to serving and supporting students that provides sexual health education, mental health support, and college and career counseling to complement the strong academic and activities programs for which Union is known.
Interventions that address the core competencies of social-emotional learning (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making) are related to increases in academic achievement (CASEL).
The Reach Program is designed to provide SEL support to students that present SEL needs in a timely, personalized, and effective way. The program provides all 7th and 9th grade Union students with evidence-based sexuality education curricula that is age and stage appropriate. Full-time mental health specialists serve Reach students in 7th-12th grades, including those at the Alternative Education Center.
A Reach college and career specialist serves students in 9th-12th grades.
The goal of the Reach Program at Union Public Schools is to increase student success by
- building cognitive and social-emotional learning capacity.
- providing graduation and postsecondary planning support.
- developing medically accurate and age-appropriate sexual and reproductive health literacy.
- George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) is the primary Reach partner.
- Other partners include the QuickTrip Corporation.