Reach supports you to get the most out of life.

Reach workshops are for anyone aged from 10 to 18 and are led by other young people that have experienced the same sort of stuff you're going through.

Our Vision

OUR VISION

That every young person has the support and self-belief they need to fulfil their potential and dare to dream.

Our Mission

OUR MISSION

To encourage young people, no matter what their circumstances, to believe they can achieve.

Who We Are

Reach is for you.

30,000 people aged 10-18 experience Reach each year through workshops that are 100% youth-led – designed and delivered by our crew.

You'll relate to the crew because they speak honestly and openly about their own journey and challenges. A lot of the crew were participants in workshops, just like you.

Why We Matter

Meeting life's challenges can be hard.

You’ve heard it before: being a teenager can be a pretty awesome time – but it’s not without its struggles.

You might be experiencing a bunch of different stuff like stress, school and study challenges or difficulties with relationships, friendships and even family.

Reach creates a space where you can talk honestly about what's going on – about your fears and your dreams – without being judged and with people that understand what you're going through.

Reach is for everyone, no matter who or what your circumstances are.

Learn more about the crew - they design and deliver Reach workshops and have experienced the same kind of stuff you might be going through. 

THE CREW

Reach People

These are the people that make Reach work.

Take a minute to meet our crew, champions, ambassadors and our staff.

History

Reach was established in 1994 by co-founders, Jim Stynes OAM (AFL Brownlow Medallist, youth motivator, and Victorian of the Year 2003) and Australian film director, Paul Currie.

They had a vision – to inspire young people to believe in themselves and get the most out of life.

Combining Jim’s qualities of determination and resilience, and skills as speaker, with Paul’s experience as an acting coach, and techniques to connect with the ‘human condition’, Reach was created. The first workshops were run wherever they could find a space – sometimes in old warehouses or abandoned office spaces.

Since then, Reach has grown beyond Jim and Paul’s wildest dreams – with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and the Hunter Region. 30,000 teenagers participating in our workshops each year and demand continues to increase. Jim and Paul were on to something all those years ago!

TIMELINE

Supporters

Reach couldn’t realise its potential without our generous supporters and valued partnerships.

We’re fortunate to receive gifts of time, money and talent from individuals and organisations. It’s an awesome feeling to receive these gifts and to know that so many people  share our vision to help you be your best.

PRINCIPAL PARTNERS

Our principal partners lead the way with their generous support of Reach and belief of our mission.

BHP Billiton has invested in a five-year partnership with Reach, allowing us to build our first permanent regional base. Their commitment to developing young leaders allows us to focus on improving the emotional and social health and wellbeing of young people in the Hunter Valley region, NSW.

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PFD Food Services’ vital support assists more than 8,000 primary school students each year in preparing for the transition to high school through the delivery of ‘Rookys’ – The Reach Foundation’s suite of primary school workshops.

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Businessperson and philanthropist Geoff Harris, The Reach Foundation’s Principal Patron, continues his long-term support by generously providing sound business advice, network introductions and our HQ office at The Dream Factory in Collingwood, Victoria.

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REACH CHAMPIONS

Reach Champions go above and beyond to help us impact the lives of young people right across NSW and Victoria.

KFC supports Reach Crew Development in NSW - allowing us to run workshops for over 11,000 young people each year across the state. In Victoria, KFC supports the delivery of Heroes Days – The Reach Foundation’s largest workshop, which positively impacts the lives of more than 2,000 year 9 students each year.

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The staff and clients of McLardy McShane support our Fused workshops and weekends away through their annual Golf Day and Christmas Lunch events.

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Through the Jim Stynes Scholarship, the AFL helps support three Reach initiatives:
1. Grounded – Reach’s community workshop series for disengaged young people
2. Crew Development – Developing the next generation of Reach leaders
3. Secondary School Workshops – For schools in need of financial support

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Thanks to our exclusive AUTOMOTIVE PARTNER, Volvo Cars Brighton, we have two fantastic new cars, which enable our crew to deliver workshops to young people in schools and communities right across the state. We simply couldn’t do it without their support!

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Reach is super excited to be supported by Kmart in Victoria, NSW and ACT through their coin collection appeal. Look out for Reach coin collection boxes at all Kmart stores in these states, or follow the prompts at self-serve checkouts to add a contribution to your transaction and help young people get the most out of life!

Thanks Kmart you legends!

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SUPPORTING PARTNERS

Each of our workshops is supported by a valued supporting partner.

 

The Grocery and Liquor Association (GALA) has provided more than $1 million in support of Reach over many years through its annual Golf Day and Ball.

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NAB is a key Workplace Giving partner of The Reach Foundation and in 2015-16 has provided support for The Reach Foundation’s Fused program, including Fused Weekends Away.

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State Street is supporting Reach to deliver an integrated workforce readiness program for young people from Western Sydney. This program, which will roll out in 2016, will provide year 10 students with the personal attributes, employability skills and real job opportunities needed for success in work and life.

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SC Johnson & Son have been supporting Reach since 2015. In FY 2016-17 they are supporting Reach’s work in Western Sydney – developing our young crew and sponsoring Rookys workshops for young people as they make the transition to high school.

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REACH SUPPORTERS

Reach runs over 1000 workshops each year and it wouldn’t be possible without our amazing Reach Supporters!

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GOVERNMENT PARTNERS

Our strategic partnerships with the Commonwealth & Victorian Governments and the Department of Health and  Human Services brings the work of Reach to more young people, including Indigenous young Australians.

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TRUSTS AND FOUNDATIONS

The following Trusts and Foundations are valued supporters of Reach and the potential of young Australians.

Bell Charitable Fund Besen Family Foundation Collier Charitable Fund
Equity Trustees Gandel Philanthropy Ian Potter Foundation
Inner North Community Foundation John T Reid Charitable Trusts Matana Foundation
Newsboys Foundation Perpetual Trustees Portland House
RE Ross Trust The Greenlight Foundation The Jack Brockhoff Foundation
The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund UnLTD William Angliss
THE REACH DREAMS FOUNDATION

In 2009, 146 individuals and families pledged to support Reach over four years. Since then our Dreams Foundation donors have contributed more than half a million dollars to help Reach realise its dream of improving the wellbeing of more young people.

INDIVIDUAL SUPPORTERS ($10,000+)

We would sincerely like to thank and recognise the following individuals and families who in 2014 gave in excess of $10,000 to support various school, community programs, and our Leadership Development program.

  • Ross & Kate Hildebrand

  • Hogan Family Trust

  • Tauri Litchfield Memorial Trust

  • Craig Mason

Thank you for believing in young people and their potential! For more details about our individual supporters, please see our Annual Report.

WORKPLACE GIVING AND IN KIND PARTNERS

Thanks also to our Workplace giving and In kind partners for their amazing support!

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EVENT PARTNERS

Our event partners support Reach in the delivery of a number of events that engage and inspire the broader community.

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Community Partners

Reach shares a common goal with our partners - to deliver positive outcomes for young people. To do this we work with governments, schools, community organisations and youth services to make sure we can achieve (and keep on achieving) positive change.

Operations

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Governance

The Reach Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of Reach. The Board delegates authority to manage the business of Reach, to the CEO and Leadership team.

Our Directors commit to a code of conduct, agree to uphold the values of Reach and exercise due care, skill and diligence in preserving, protecting and advancing Reach.

The Board meet regularly (about eight times per year) as a full group, as well contributing to our Board subcommittees and volunteering their time for workshops and training.

Meet our Board

THE IMPORTANT GOVERNANCE BITS

The Reach Foundation is a public company limited by guarantee, incorporated and domiciled in Australia.

Our ABN is 87 069 837 627 and our registered office and principal place of business is:

The Reach Foundation
152-156 Wellington St.
Collingwood Victoria 3066

Reach is a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI). It’s endorsed as an Income Tax Exempt Charity, and enjoys certain other tax concessions and exemptions consistent with its status as a PBI which relate to Goods and Services and Fringe Benefits taxes. The Reach Foundation has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR, Item 1).

Annual reports