Teen REACH poster

Teen REACH (Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring, and Hope) is a comprehensive youth development initiative funded by the State of Illinois, via the Department of Human Services, which provides afterschool program services to high-risk youth between the ages of 6 and 17. Teen REACH program providers work with youth in order to foster 21st Century skills needed in professional and personal environments. Programmatic activities surround topics of responsible decision-making, the ability to work in teams, managing emotions, creative expression and the arts, STEM, and more!

Important Information & Links

ACT Now Center for Afterschool Learning (ANCAL)

The ACT Now Center for Afterschool Learning is ACT Now’s new, online learning management system which is FREE and available to ALL of our members! Learners will be able to view live and recorded professional development trainings, access resources and tools that accompany our courses, access a discussion forum to connect with your colleagues and much more! To register and attend all ACT Now and Teen REACH trainings and events, please register for an account here: https://collabornation.net/register/actnowil. Once you have created an account, please visit the ‘Events’ tab to search and register for all upcoming trainings. 

Illinois Quality Program Self-Assessment (IL-QPSA)

Quarterly Meetings

  • FY24 Quarterly Meeting #2: November 15th, 2023. You can register here. (Virtual)
  • FY24 Quarterly Meeting #3: February 14th, 2024. You can register here. (Virtual)
  • FY24 Quarterly Meeting #4: Multiple dates, In Person
    • May 8th, 2024: Downstate, Location TBD
    • May 15th, 2024: Suburbs, Location TBD
    • May 22nd, 2024: Chicago, Location TBD 

Training Board Advisory (TAB) Members

  • Mellisa Bogard, Boys & Girls Club of Chicago
  • Tammy Byers, Beyond the Bell 
  • Dr. Lolita Cleveland, Youth Guidance 
  • Dr. Linda Dillon-Taylor, Homework Hangout
  • Kathryn Holstlaw, Beyond the Bell
  • Gary House, YMCA of Greater Peoria
  • Emily Long, Project Success of Vermillion County 
  • Dr. Ikenna Martin, Land of Lincon Goodwill Industries 
  • Gywndolyn Moss, Illinois Afterschool Network (IAN)
  • Marcola Owens, National Youth Advocate Program 
  • Jessica Simmons, Lawrence County Health Department 
  • Jocelyn Vega, Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY)
  • Gabriela Zamora, Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY)

General Teen REACH Resources 

Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) Resources

Illinois Afterschool Network (IAN)

Department of Human Services Resources

  • Please submit your quarterly Periodic Performance Reports (PPR) to Mike Sandidge, mike.sandidge@illinois.gov
  • FY24 PPR deadlines are as follows:
    • Q1: October 15th, 2023
    • Q2: January 15th, 2024
    • Q3: April 15th, 2024
    • Q4: July 15th, 2024