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Project Reach was founded in 1971 in Chinatown working with immigrant youth and young people involved in Chinese gangs Chinese-American Planning Council Inc CPC guides it There is one executive director on site with 6 full-time and 1 part-time employers The staff members dont have a title officially except the executive director most of them are program coordinatorsThere are several milestones in Project Reachs development Fourteen years later after the agency was founded in 1985 all races were welcomed to the program such as Black Latino and Italian youth Over the next two years the population of the program grew from 15 young people to 50-70 young people every summer In 1989 Project Reach started to create the Traveling Anti-racism Project due to the tensions between Korean Market owners and Caribbean residents in Brooklyn In the same year the agency moved into a building located on 1 Orchard Street on the corner of Orchard and Division In 1990 Project Reach established the first LGBT youth center which is called Pro-Rads Project Reach Anti-Discrimination Space on the Lower East Side In 1992 the anti-sexism mens training started to be institutionalized at Project Reach because of the womyns strike in 1991 In 1995 Project Reach started to work with HIV positive youth and held the first-ever dinner workshop for 70 young people In 2001 more than 70 youth from the Reach organized a walk through sit-in and speak out at a major AIDs organization in order to prevent the discrimination against immigrants living with AIDS In 2004 the first citywide social justice boot camp started and was held upstate New York In 2008 Project Reach moved to the current location 39 Eldridge StreetThe Mission Statement for Project Reach is to identify and partner with NYCs most marginalized communities create a model of citywide cross-community collaboration which brings together young people and adults who would otherwise never meet raise awareness and train young people and adults to identify
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