Mission Statement: Reach Higher MA is a diverse coalition of educators that collaborate to inspire all students to pursue, persist and achieve post-secondary aspirations.
The next RHM Coalition Quarterly meeting -
Thursday, February 1, 2024
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
RHM and the MA State App Fee-Free Day encouraged 1,363 students to apply to college!
Reaching Higher Massachusetts 2023 Convening
Reaching Higher Massachusetts: Helping Students Create
Their Vision for the Future Through Post-Secondary Planning
This is a FREE professional development opportunity sponsored by RHM and Fitchburg State University!
About Reach Higher Massachusetts
Reach Higher Massachusetts was born when Bob Bardwell, Ruth Carrigan, Mark Bilotta, Tim Poynton, Scott Solberg and other charter members attended an event in Jacksonville, Florida in 2014. Then First Lady Michelle Obama had begun an initiative supporting school counselors and it was EXCITING!
The RHM Leadership Team continued with Bob, Ruth, Tim, Scott and Mark, adding Jackney Joseph from the MA Business Alliance and Laura Dziorny from the Rennie Center. With Bob's leadership, the team created a mission and set out to do the work Michelle Obama motivated them to do!
Mrs. Obama would go on to work alongside and celebrate school counselors until the end of her time as First Lady ended in 2016. She gave her final address as First Lady to school counselors. Even after leaving The White House, Mrs. Obama continued to support college and career readiness and inspire school counselors and those working with students. Creating Civic Nation and Better Make Room.
Today’s Leadership Team consists of nine members from various schools and organizations around Massachusetts, still continuing the work Mrs. Obama inspired back in 2014. Over the last nine years the team has grown and changed, but the commitment to first generation, low income and underrepresented students continues!
Current team photo from left to right: Ruth Carrigan-Whitman-Hanson HS, Taryn Tomkins-MassEdCO, Apelila Joseph-MEFA, Nyal Fuentes-DESE, Tim Poyton-UMASS Boston, Kevin Fudge-ASA, Christine Scafidi-GEAR UP/DHE, Scott Solberg-BU, Julie Shields-Rutyna-MEFA.
|RHNE 2016 - First Convening!
|RHNE 2016 Photos
|RHM 2017 Photos
|RHM Program 2019
|RHM 2019 Photos
|RHM Program 2022
|RHM Photos 2022
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