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Rush Education and Career Hub (REACH)

It is with a full heart that I introduce myself to you as the new director of the Rush Education and Career Hub, or REACH. I am honored to lead and serve an organization that is committed to advancing educational attainment, developing a pipeline of STEM talent, and improving the overall health and well-being of Rush area communities. I come to this work standing on the shoulders of giants, in particular Reginald “Hats” Adams, the founding director of the Science and Math Excellence Network, or SAME. Through SAME, Rush has an incredible legacy of support and sustained commitment to improving the educational outcomes for Chicago’s West Side. I stand ready to work with you and continue building on that legacy through the launch of REACH.

For the past four years, I have served as a champion and architect of a city-wide strategy to increase awareness, readiness and success for underserved students in STEM-related fields. The Rush commitment to improving community well-being and access to STEM fields resonates strongly with my own desire for action and commitment to equitable access for all. In my 15 years of public and nonprofit service, including almost 10 years with Chicago Public Schools, I’ve been inspired every day by the students, families, educators, business and community partners who are motivated to do the extraordinary, in service to our dreams for a brighter future, a better Chicago.

Over the coming months, I will conduct a series of listen-and-learn sessions with key stakeholders, including Rush staff, school leaders, families, students, and community partners to inform our priorities and strategic plans. Our commitment to provide the necessary resources and support to ensure all children develop STEM knowledge and skills is vital to our city’s shared prosperity and health. Let’s see what we can build together.

Committed to Community,
Rukiya Curvey Johnson
Director, Rush Education and Career Hub

Our mission

Education is the No. 1 driver of increased life expectancy: People with more education have better jobs, earn more, and have better access to resources such as healthy food, transportation and health care. Rush has a long history of creating and supporting education programs; in 2017, we streamlined them into a unified strategic approach: the Rush Education and Career Hub.

REACH is a “cradle-to-career” program that deepens Rush’s involvement with students, teachers and families from pre-K through college. The hub is designed to boost high school graduation rates and college enrollment; build pathways to careers in science, technology, engineering, math, or STEM, and health care; and improve readiness for college and the work force.

Volunteer opportunities

REACH is founded on the idea that opportunities, readiness and higher educational attainment can improve lives. To support this core belief, we provide a variety of programming at Rush and at local West Side schools. If you would like to give back and make a difference in the community, several opportunities to volunteer are available throughout the year.

Contact us

Kidston Building
630 S. Hermitage Blvd., Suite 401
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-5961

Meet the team

Rukiya Curvey Johnson
Director, REACH
Email: rukiya_curveyjohnson@rush.edu

Kimberly Bailey
Education Associate, 1st – 4th Grades
2150 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Email: kimberly_d_bailey@rush.edu

Nia Benton
Program Development Associate
Email: nia_k_benton@rush.edu

Natalia Gallegos
Program Manager
Email: natalia_a_gallegos@rush.edu

Olayinka Mohorn-Mintah
Education Associate, 5th – 8th Grades
2150 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Email: olayinka_mohorn-mintah@rush.edu

Ellen Vigil
Education Associate, Preschool and Kindergarten Programs
2150 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Email: ellen_vigil@rush.edu

Allison Weidman
Program Coordinator
Email: allison_weidman@rush.edu