STEP UP TO YOUR LIFE
Get Up and Get Involved in the lives of our youths
7-year olds from the city's poorest school districts.
High School Students from Suburban Prep Schools.
Terminally ill teens living with and fighting to survive HIV/AIDS.
What do they all have in common?
They all like music. And some of them can even dance.
This is where Reach Out, Inc. steps in to move their minds and bodies.
Instant energy. Heart-pounding, infectious music. Sharp dance moves. This is how we grab their attention, and literally bring them to their feet. And then they're hooked. Willing to listen. Willing to hear the facts about important issues. That's what we give them without any double-talk. So that they see how important their decisions really are. They stop to think. To think about their lives and their futures.
We give them the tools to help make positive choices for life.
Children and teens are at the center of what we do. They face tough issues like drug and alcohol abuse, smoking, violence, prejudice, poverty and disease. We don't preach. We don't judge. And we're certainly not quiet. Instead, we try to reach them in a unique and powerful way - through music, fitness and dance.
Since 1989, we've been working with schools and local and national organizations to create:
- Motivational speaking engagements
- In-school assemblies and performances
- Customized awareness and prevention programs
- Health and fitness presentations
We customize each high-energy performance to focus on a specific issue and to appeal to the needs of the children or teens in the audience.
*We also take part in (and even put together) annual events for causes that our community (& our world) cares about (and/or should care about). In addition, we help local families by educating, raising awareness & by providing real support and assistance (in various forms) to those in need - all around us. For more info. on any specific Reach Out, Inc. program or fund, please go to our PROGRAMS link and/or contact us directly.
We're committed to doing the real work of youth development and community outreach because we believe that people, especially our youth- have great potential. Potential to look beyond the present and envision a better future. Potential to reach out to others and positively affect the world. Potential to shake up the status quo and make a real difference.
We strive to:
- Engage children and adults through music, dance and positive messages
- Inspire children and adults to get involved in constructive activities and community service
- Empower children and adults to make informed decisions that enhance their lives.
- Educate children and adults about important social and health issues that may affect them.
Our "Reach Out" song lyrics below:
"I had a vision that the world turned to gold and men & women of all kinds were loving each other. A feeling- deep inside my soul- the way it made me feel-I knew someday it could be real. Reach Out together & love somebody. Reach Out together. Reach Out together. Reach Out togeher & love somebody. Reach Out together and touch somebody's heart. Saw brilliant minds working together-from all around the world-trying to find a cure for diseases that takes the lives of people so close, said we can't stand anymore, pretty soon we'll find a cure No more stress or racial tension, only we can make the difference to change what's going down. Let's turn away from drugs, turn away from violence, let's find our way back to love. Let's open up our hearts, teach the children-for they are what tomorrow is made of. Something I feel inside is the love for each other that just can't hide. It's something I know is true and to understand-here's what we can do. Reach Out together & love somebody. Reach Out together. Reach Out together. Reach Out togeher & love somebody. Reach Out together. Reach Out together. Reach Out together & love somebody. Reach Out together and touch somebody's heart. *REACH OUT AND STOP THE SPREAD OF AIDS. REACH OUT AND FIND A CURE TODAY. REACH OUT AND FIGHT AGAINST THE DRUGS. REACH OUT, LET'S SPREAD A LITTLE LOVE. REACH OUT AND PUT AN END TO CRIME. REACH OUT FOR YOUR FUTURE AND MINE. REACH OUT, LET'S LEND A HAND. REACH FOR THE CHILDREN.* Reach Out together & love somebody. Reach Out together. Reach Out together. Reach Out togeher & love somebody. Reach Out together. Reach Out together. Reach Out together & love somebody. Reach Out together and touch somebody's heart."
- Lee Evans, songwriter/producer of our theme song "REACH OUT" & musical director of Reach Out, Inc.
*Rap written by: Lori Michaels
Recorded at JAMBOX Recording Studio NYC.
Performed by: Lori Michaels (& The Reach Out kids) featuring David Whitworth "TIGGER" (from Earth, Wind,& Fire) on backgrounds & end vocal ad libs with Lori.