Why Reach Out?

Students develop an appreciation and greater awareness of the local community landscape through interactions with local leaders and hands-on volunteer experiences at local community organizations. These experiences broaden their awareness of our region’s issues and inspire them to step up and make a difference. It’s also a chance to accumulate up to 16 hours of community service.

Over the course of the four sessions, students will be immersed in a host of issues including sustainability and the environment, housing, homelessness, educational access, literacy, racial/gender equity, health access, food deserts, and more.

How it works

Students will complete a reading assignment to prep for each session where they’ll meet with local organizations and community leaders to learn about how they are addressing these issues. They’ll also engage in hands-on service leadership projects at select community organizations to help advance their work. After each session, students will receive additional information on how to further their impact and get involved with other organizations tackling these issues.

Reach Out To Cleveland is open to high school students across Northeast Ohio who will enter their junior or senior year in Fall 2024.


  • July 10, 2024  |  8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Mandatory Orientation, Leadership Training, and Service Immersion 1 @Greater Cleveland Food Bank Partner Distribution Hub
  • July 17, 2024  |  12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
    Service Immersion 2 @West Side Catholic Center
  • July 24, 2024  |  12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
    Service Immersion 3 @May Dugan Center
  • July 31, 2024  |  12:30 – 4:00 p.m.
    Service Immersion 4 @Euclid Beach Park

Your commitment

All students must attend the mandatory orientation.

Tuition for the week is $200 and includes all four sessions (regardless of attendance), a T-shirt, a reusable water bottle, and an afternoon snack. Financial assistance is available.


Have questions about Reach Out To Cleveland? Contact Maya Smith (216-659-1289).