R.E.A.C.H. Summit 2021 Summary

Thursday Hike – Wahclella Falls! WOW!! Breathtaking views and great conversation.

Thursday Night Meet and Greet – A great time to get warmed up for a refreshing weekend ahead.

Teen Reach SWAG BAGS for each attendee contained new items and an awesome new TR song you can stream for your camps – Special thanks to Omar “Boss” Ambrose.

Co-Founder Tim Howell welcomed everyone to the 2021 REACH Summit and challenged us to have Courageous Faith through devotions and prayer.

CEO, Serena Howell gave a State of the Organization Address and laid out a vision for the next 10 years of the Teen Reach journey. God starts where impossible begins!

National Challenge Course Trainers led us in some fun name games and ice breakers. Great job!

Department Leaders gave updates and talked about what will be new in 2021 including new merchandise items – check out the store soon! Email Beth if you’d like the REACH Summit Packet sent your way.

Keynote Speaker, Lucrece Bundy, Adoption Attorney spoke on “Celebrating with a Big God”

Graffiti Idea Question, led by Preston Wood:

What did you learn at this year’s T.R.A.C. and/or T.R.A.C.life program this year?

· This is God’s Camp

· Persevere through the storm and finish strong

· The importance of Relationships

· The Network effect. How our T.R.A.C. Family can reach so many. It takes all of us.

Will interviewed Promise and Serenity from T.R.A.C. Norman, OK – Great Job Will and Ladies!

SOTOs were led by Chad and Ronni Roney: “Powerful time of hearing God at work”, “Always important and Inspiring”

Breakout sessions included: Courageous Leadership, presented by T. Howell

Connecting with Campers & your T.R.A.C. family after Camp, presented by the Roneys and A. Prusia

Beyond the Foster Care System: The Future for Teens, presented by Serena Howell

Creative Fundraising Ideas, presented by Brian Donnally and Will Prusia

Congratulations! to the programs who celebrated their First, Fifth, Tenth and Fifteenth Years of Serving Youth in Foster Care through Teen Reach programs.

· First Year Programs: Shreveport, LA T.R.A.C., Ocala FL T.R.A.C.life, Kearney, NE T.R.A.C.life, Lincoln, NE T.R.A.C.life Issaquah, WA T.R.A.C.life

· Five Year Programs: Covington, LA, Ocala, FL, Russellville, AR

· Ten Year Programs: Chandler, AR, Issaquah, WA, Norman, OK

Saturday morning Panel Discussion: How do we gain access to more at-risk youth? Very helpful discussion with MaryAnn Vasquez, Angela Prusia and Ronni Roney on the panel.

Saturday night was a very special night celebrating 20 years of serving youth in foster care! Shout out to Gary and Palma Holzhouser for the incredible camp décor, including one of the original outfitter tents. Thanks to all of you for hiking this journey with us!


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