Teen REACH Program

The purpose of the King Center’s Teen REACH (Responsibility, Education, Achievement, Caring, and Hope) programs are to expand the range of choices and opportunities that enable, empower and encourage our youth to achieve positive growth and development, improve expectations and capacities for future success, and avoid or reduce risky behavior. An application must be completed to attend.

There are six core areas in each Teen REACH Program:


  • Academic Assistance – this includes time to do homework, tutoring in basic skills, and enrichment programs to encourage original and creative thinking.
  • Recreation, Sports, Cultural and Artistic Activities – these activities provide safe outlets for children to try new skills and interests, build friendships, and gain developmentally relevant experiences.
  • Positive Adult Mentors – these programs emphasize one-on-one interactions and allow opportunities to develop and maintain positive, sustained relationships with adults.
  • Life Skills – this provides abstinence education for a range of risky behaviors, including substance abuse, criminal activities, violence, and sexual activity.
  • Parental Involvement – Parents or guardians will be given the opportunity to meet staff to discuss activities and to participate in events which strengthen parent/child bonds and community involvement.
  • Service Learning Activities – students build academic skills while strengthening communities through service.

Groups Working With Teen REACH Program


Special groups work to provide free quality services and programming to aid in meeting the expectations of the King Center’s Teen REACH Program.
  • YMCA
  • Rock Island Clean & Beautiful
  • Quad City Animal Shelter
  • American Red Cross
  • Girl Scouts
  • Boy Scouts
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Illinois Student Assistance Commission
  • Brown Mackie College
  • Black Hawk College
  • Quad City Arts

Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer opportunities are also available.