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Reach for the Stars

Programs that have met the criteria and received the Minnesota Academic League Council's approval are included in the Reach for the Stars catalogue, which is published as a public service by Synergy & Leadership Exchange, with generous support from Jostens.

Interested in having a program or activity included in Reach for the Stars? Fill out an online application form. Programs must be available statewide in Minnesota and applicants are evaluated to determine the educational enrichment for schools and students, based on the following four criteria:
  1. Purpose: The primary intent is youth-centered, educational in nature, and encourages development and application of skills in an area of interest. 
  2. Inclusiveness: The program/activity encourages, welcomes and engages students of many backgrounds, interests and abilities and is offered throughout the state. It provides evidence of strategies and processes for reducing barriers to underserved audiences. 
  3. Sustainability: Evidence of a strong organizational structure.
  4. Evaluation: How and what is measured to ensure high-quality learning.
“As a service provider for children and families in a very busy world, I am fascinated by how the physical copy of the “Reach for the Stars” catalogue makes this resource stand out for me and my clients.  Parents in my psychology practice are often overwhelmed by their children’s needs. The wide-reaching list of internet resources is helpful whether on the internet on paper.  What I appreciate about the paper catalogue is that it feels like a tangible map that can be grasped as a tool for the complex educational planning they face.  As I have raised my own children, I page through the paper RFTS catalogue, marking the items of interest in a way that sometimes just feels more manageable than an internet search. I look forward to handing out this catalogue in my psychology practice for years to come.”
— Mary L. Wandrei, Ph.D., LP

View article on Reach for the Stars by Joe Nathan, Director, Center for School Change 



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Special thanks to Jostens for printing and distribution, the Minnesota Service Cooperatives, our strategic partners, and the Minnesota Academic League affiliate members whose support helps make Reach for the Stars available.

Download the electronic copy, or request a printed version.
Thank you to our Strategic Partners!
Strategic Partners of Reach for the Stars support the catalogue and Synergy & Leadership Exchange in the following ways:
  • Financial or in-kind donations (In-kind donations may include prizes for events, providing volunteers for events, etc.)
  • Distribution of catalogues to schools, districts, parents and students
  • Distribution of catalogues at conferences, exhibitions and tradeshows
  • Forwarding of Reach for the Stars and Synergy & Leadership Exchange news to members
  • Promoting Reach for the Stars in publications, newsletters and websites as appropriate
To become a Reach for the Stars Strategic Partner, contact us today.
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edmn  massp  mespa  ymca 
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