Reach Leadership Program for Girls

Highlights of Programs and outings reach has sponsored over the last 7 years…

All Within Reach


Reach has been proud to have been involved in the below programs and outings over the last 7 years. Expected outcomes in Reach are improved academics, better school attendance rates, confidence in skills achieved, relationships built, parent involvement with seminars and workshops designed to meet their needs.


Continuously Expanding our Reach


2009 Reach Kick-Off Celebration

  • Over 200 attendees

    • Back to School Health Fair

    • School Supply Giveaway

    • Money Management Seminar

2010 Miles Davis Magnet Academy held workshops April - June for 7th & 8th graders. Certificates were presented to all participants who completed the program.

  • Empowering and Motivating Young Minds Workshops

  • Free Chicago Bulls Dance Workshop

    • Participants chosen performed with Endure Productions/Luv-A-Bulls on the Chicago Bulls court

  • College Readiness Workshops

    • University of Chicago College Tour

2011 Workshop: Rising Above Mediocrity with Miss Black Illinois, Jalissa Meredith

  • 90% of our girls have increased their grade point average as a result of entering the program

  • Chicago Child Care Society Empowerment Sessions

  • Chicago Board of Options Tour

  • Girls Take Flight with Dr. Mae Jemison, DuSable Museum

  • Keys to Success College Tour: Northern Illinois University

  • Featured on

  • CEO and Founder Barbara Ellzey, “Women of the Week” Lite FM 93.9

  • Night at the Symphony Orchestra Hall

2012 Founder and CEO Barbara Ellzey, Chicago Defender Women of Excellence

  • Hosted Citywide Chicago Black Girls Rock Expo (over 250 girls in attendance, 14 vendors)

  • 2012 State Farm Grant Recipient: Teen Drive Safety

  • WVON Radio Studio Tour, recorded a commercial featuring Reach

  • Chicago Sky Basketball Outing, autographs from Chicago Sky Basketball Team

  • DePaul University Women in Technology (Girls Created Programs using Scratch Programming)

  • Hosted “Lunch with a Leader” with twelve professional women from various industries dined with over 30 girls sharing professional experiences

  • Collaboration with William Carter Elementary School, hot b-monthly workshops

2013 Guests on The Clarice Mason Show

  • Sponsored the first Community Annual Daddy/Daughter dance with over 75 girls and their dads in attendance

  • Participated in the Ms. Chicago Sweetheart Pageant where one of our own (Ms. Haven Evans) was crowned Ms. Chicago Duchess

  • Featured on V103 The Doug Banks Show Saluting Real Women Segment where CEO & Founder Barbara Ellzey was honored for the awesome work she is doing with Reach

  • Emerging Future Business Leaders Workshop

2014 Spotlight “Inspiring You” Segment WCIU TV upcoming segment

  • Television Program “Kids From The Neighborhood Doing Good”

  • Thelma Redmond College Trunk Scholarship Awards

  • 2nd Annual Daddy Daughter Dance

  • Reach at the Beach (Beach Party)

  • Chicago Sky Basketball Outing - Memorial Day Celebration

  • Community Service Celebration - ParkShore Estates Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - Chicago, IL.

2015 Black Women’s Expo McCormick Place - Mentee Volunteer

  • UIC Flames Women’s Basketball Outing

  • Friends Workshop (What Type of Friend Are You?)

  • Job and Career (My Journey) Dress for Success

  • Bullying Prevention Workshop - Positive Goals

  • Reach@Ravinia - Guest (Ko-Thi Dance Company) - Picnic

  • Participants in 86th Annual Bud Billiken Parade

  • Miss Voluptuous Diva Pageant - Mentee Volunteer

  • Chicago Sky Opening Game Celebrating 2014 Conference Champions

2016 Pearls for Girls Academic Achievement Luncheon

  • VisionBoard Brunch - WomAnew Ministry

  • UIC Flames Men’s Basketball Outing

  • Pampered Princesses Part III Spring Edition Youth Event

  • Chicago Sky Women’s Basketball Outing

  • The Denise House Story - Play

  • Reach@Ravinia - Opera for the Young - The Magic Flute (Concert)

  • The 365 Girl Foundation 7th Annual Pajama Conference - Sweet 16 Celebration

  • FaithWorks Conference Youth Night - Guests Tye Tribbett, Jonathan McReynolds


90% of our girls have increased their grade point averages as a result of entering Reach



‘Within Reach’