To empower young adults 16-24 to work collaboratively with partners to achieve success in education and employment.
The REACH Center promotes effective use of resources, and enhances collaboration with youth and community partners, and offers a unified voice in advocating for systemic change in how young adults participate in their economic future.
The REACH Center History
In the mid-2000s, the youth service providers and technical community colleges of Pierce County came together to plan a coordinated approach to serving low income youth dealing with educational and financial hardships. Ten organizations took the lead on planning and development, and formed The REACH Center (“Resources for Education and Career Help), which launched in 2009 at the Goodwill Milgard Work Opportunity Center, a LEED gold certified building located between downtown Tacoma and the Hilltop community. The vision was to create a safe and supportive space for young people ages 16-24 to come for individualized support in developing and achieving goals in school, work, and life.
The REACH Center has served approximately 8,000 young people since its inception, and offers an impressively wide range of services in order to ensure optimal support for every young person who walks in the door. These services include career development, pathways to college, part-time and full-time work opportunities, support in finding transitional housing, individual counseling support, and life skills classes. The REACH Center’s Resource Room is available to anyone ages 16-24 who needs access to computers and peer mentors for job searches, college searches, or accomplishing other goals. Our other resources include a kitchen, a washer/dryer, and a rotating supply of food, hygiene products, and other donated goods.
In recent years, The REACH Center has built on our existing partnerships with Pierce County and the City of Tacoma to provide case management for youth dealing with homelessness and case management support for Tacoma Public School students entering the Summer Jobs 253 program, where students can earn a paycheck and high school credits at the same time. Our campus at 714 South 27th Street in Tacoma remains Pierce County’s sole one-stop youth service provider, and we welcome you to visit us at anytime during the week.