REACH – Resources and Education for Adolescents and their CHildren

Faculty Advisor: Colin Sox colin.sox@bmc.org

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Resources and Education for Adolescents and their Children (REACH) is a student-run service learning project started in August 2013 at Boston University School of Medicine that aims to work with and learn from homeless teenage and adult mothers and fathers and their young children at nearby shelters in Roxbury and Dorchester. The mission of REACH is to actively support these families through educational workshops, constructive childcare and longitudinal multifaceted mentorship.

Our motivated group of students works to promote health and wellness through monthly interactive workshops for the mothers, on topics relevant to this specific population chosen by the residents themselves. The main goal of our workshops is to provide these teenagers and adults with information and resources that will empower them to make educated medical decisions for themselves and their children.

Relationships fostered between medical students and families at the shelters help to increase student awareness about the unique struggles of homeless parents and encourage these future physicians to be informed and compassionate patient advocates prepared to tackle important issues in healthcare that span far beyond the clinic.

REACH Brochure