Who We Are

New Haven REACH

New Haven REACH is a student-run organization that seeks to provide the information and support necessary for New Haven students to access the higher education best suited to their potential and ambitions. We share the core belief that no one should be shut out from attending college just because they don't have the information and support they need to apply. REACH provides college application help to local public school seniors. This support often involves essay editing, help choosing schools to apply to, and answering whatever questions mentees have about the process. We aim to assist any motivated high school student with the college application process.

Mentees

Our mentees are typically seniors from New Haven public schools - we'll help any motivated student that wants help with their college applications, no matter what stage of the process they're at!

Mentors

Our mentors are students at Yale University that want to help other students with their college applications. Our mentors are trained in college application mentoring and complete safety training according to Yale's Youth Program guidelines.

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Mentee Testimonials

“I’m a first gen student so throughout the process I felt a little bit lost and REACH provided me with someone who went through the process, to guide and inspire me to apply to my dream school.” -- Alan Veloz, Tufts ‘24

"It made the college application process much easier to deal with because you could ask someone questions that already went through it” -- Johanna P, Tufts University ‘24

"My mentors helped me tremendously with my personal essay” -- Favio Inahuazo, UConn ‘24

“My mentor was so sweet and adaptable in helping me finish my applications early. She helped me to create a resume, make a list of colleges and their requirements, and even made me feel like a friend” -- Tonia Cheung, UC '24

"I would recommend REACH “because many peers around me do not have enough resources to receive help with applying to colleges” -- Shua Kim, SCS ‘24

“The college application process is extremely complicated. It is great having someone guide you through it” -- Ciara Ortiz, Yale ‘24

Mentor Testimonials

“The most rewarding part of the process for me was when my mentee was accepted into her number one choice, a Reach school!” -- Landon Allen

“A relatively low commitment way to make an impact. Plus, if you’re a Yale student you’re probably pretty good at applying to college and can share that knowledge” -- Rachel Cohen 

“Wanted to help people with the college application process and decrease stress for talented students that may not have enough resources otherwise” -- Jeremy Otridge 

“I wanted to get involved in the New Haven community and help out smart kids who don’t have all the inside tricks that more advantaged students have” -- Rachel Cohen

New Haven Reach

New Haven REACH is a student-run organization that seeks to provide the information and support necessary for New Haven youth to access the higher education best suited to their dreams, potential, and ambitions.