James McBride to Speak at REACH Prep Annual Benefit

James McBride

James McBride. Contributed photo

Over 650 are expected at REACH Prep’s annual benefit luncheon at on April 27 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich where James McBride, author of the American classic The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His Jewish Mother and The Good Lord Bird is the keynote speaker.  Mr. McBride is a winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction.

Founded in 1994, REACH Prep prepares high achieving, underserved Black and Latino students to gain access to rigorous independent schools and ultimately to graduate from a competitive four-year college.

REACH Prep Scholars enter the program in the fourth grade and benefit from a twelve-year educational continuum — including comprehensive academic enrichment, leadership training and supplementary individual and family guidance — which prepares them to succeed at competitive colleges.

Partner independent schools generously award more than $4.5 million a year in financial aid to qualified REACH Prep Scholars. Local partner schools include Brunswick, Greenwich Academy, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Stanwich, Whitby and The Greenwich Country Day School which is also home to REACH Prep’s cornerstone enrichment program Prep Academy.

One hundred percent of REACH Prep Scholars graduate from high school and 100% gain admission to competitive colleges some of which include Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, MIT, Amherst, Barnard and Duke. One such Scholar Jetson Leder-Luis (REACH Prep Cohort 9, The Masters School ’10, CALTECH ‘14 and PhD student, MIT Economics) commented, “REACH Prep identifies the brightest youth for whom a world-class education is a dream that would be otherwise unattainable. Prep Academy transforms the lives of incredibly promising young people, setting them on the path to a successful and impactful career. Every student who comes through REACH will be able to transform not only their own lives, but the lives of their families and their communities in which they are scholars and leaders.”

To contact REACH Prep or to purchase tickets for the April 27th event, please call Cristina Vittoria, Director of External Relations at 203-487-0750 or email cvittoria@reachprep.org.