The Reach for the Stars Program will produce responsible citizens who have the 21st Century skills they will need to become successful in college, career and life.
Whittier City School District and the Community of Whittier believe that our children are our future. We have formed a partnership to provide Community Learning Centers at local schools that provide a safe and nurturing environment for students and community members to learn and grow. We will integrate our resources in an effort to strengthen our community, increase academic achievement and decrease crime and violence for Whittier City youth and their families.
The Reach for The Stars program will provide services to our community with respect for every child’s needs and identities--including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ability, age, native language, and faith.
We commit to addressing inequity in our own work and within our organization. We will continue to expand our before school, after school, Summer and enrichment opportunities to all families in our community.
The Reach for the Stars program opened its doors in March of 1999 with four elementary school sites. The program was originally funded by a grant offered through the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the State After School Education and Safety (ASES) grant.
In 2009, the program received the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) federal grant allowing us to expand to seven elementary sites including funding for the Jump Start Summer program. The Jump Start Summer Program implemented a highly integrated approach to learning. This approach helped to prevent summer learning loss in our at-risk youth. In 2013, Whittier City School District received new ASES and 21st CCLC grant awards allowing the program to expand its services district-wide.
Currently, we serve approximately 1,500 students grades K-8, before school, after school and during the Summer. We continue to find new ways to increase enrollment and equitable opportunities to serve the youth in our community. In 2019, Whittier City School District formed the Whittier Youth Alliance with the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier and the City of Whittier. This partnership was formed to better serve our community through shared resources and a common vision.
"Working Together for Tomorrow's Future"
Whittier City School District has formed a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier and the City of Whittier to better serve our community. The mission of the Whittier Youth Alliance: Partners for Expanded Learning is to provide a range of opportunities to the youth and families of Whittier.
Our goals are to: