Reach For The Stars
Astronomy Nonprofit

Mission:

To influence the lives of children, the underserved, and community through astronomy and volunteer projects, positively impacting the course of history for generations to come.

Due to the 20% increase of children suffering from severe anxiety and with Arizona being higher than the national average for suicide among young teens at 17%, Reach For The Stars believes that it is critical now more than ever to grab onto our youth and give them a unique, fun and whole-person way to transform.  When health problems are not addressed early, and completely, they can have lasting consequences into adulthood. Children are not wanting to finish high school, go to college or look at their future and we as a community can combat this, because let's face it, children are the future!

Anxiety can start as early as age 5!

Arizona is higher than the National Avg for Teens wanting to/planning to commit suicide

17%

Children that suffer from mental illness are 25% more likely to be at-risk adults, not go to college & grow into poverty

Our Youth want to get better, the traditional 1-step process just is not working

Youth are the future. Without healthy minds, our world will spin into chaos

Reach For The Stars programs & benefits

Astronomy

and stargazing is proven to produce many benefits to include: An alternative method of coping, stress relief, improve sleep, reduce blood pressure and ignite a sense of "awe"

STEM

helps children to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. These skills, when learned during a young age, will form habits that will lead to success during school and as they enter the workforce.

Volunteerism

in kids, is proven in studies that they are more likely to graduate high school and attend college. Volunteering also teaches children vital social-emotional skills.

Guest Speakers

from different work-force industries to ignite passions. It is shown that adults who have been successful, typically have a mentor or a person they remember who inspired them. 

MindUp Training

for all Volunteers and Staff working with youth, and teaching children about the brain. Understanding the structure of the brain and how it functions gives children a sense of control and empowerment. Mindfulness-based practices have been shown to increase mental health and improve emotion regulation.

Case Studies

RFTS has an ongoing mental health survey going of individuals in the area

RFTS bases their mission and vision on the needs of the community, the results of their programs and the research conducted

Testimonials

 

The top 3 ways to pass on your love of astronomy to the next generation. Sign up here for your FREE  download by Carlos Aragon, CEO.

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Created August 2020 by Founders, Carlos Aragon & Kira Reid

Carlos and Kira both have their own unique stories, however together they have one as well. They met at their lowest points after both being separated from the military, suffering from severe depression and addiction. The way that they healed was through a program that tackled a "whole-person" concept. It wasn't just one form of therapy or another, it was a combination. Kira and Carlos went through a program that focused on education, coping skills, and ensuring there was a plan in place to give to others. It was not long, until together they realized they had completely transformed. It was a year later when they realized their true passion (giving) and they never looked back.

Reach For The Stars started with a Walmart telescope, then a bit larger one that Carlos used as a hobby to get through depression and recovery. Soon, the whole family was sharing the night sky with individuals at a local Safeway parking lot. Kira and Carlos realized that there was two things happening; one, a passion in the community for stargazing and two, people who were struggling (just like they had). So they created Reach For The Stars 501(c)3 Non-Profit.

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