Reach Higher


“Our young people are the future of our city, and we should celebrate their accomplishments. We need to show those coming behind them that college is attainable, that they can reach higher, get a great job and later give back to our community.” – Mayor Lovely Warren


In 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a new initiative in an effort to inspire young people across the United States to take charge of their future by pursuing opportunities past high school.

Whether a professional training program, a community college or a four-year college or university suits you, Reach Higher aims to ensure that all young people understand what they need to complete their education through exposing them to college and career opportunities. Reach Higher empowers young people by helping them understand their financial aid eligibility, encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities and supporting high school counselors who do essential work to help students get into college.  

On College Signing Day, Mayor Lovely Warren celebrates our city’s college-bound high school seniors by participating in the #ReachHigher social media campaign.  

Schools that participated in 2019


  • The Aquinas Institute of Rochester
  • Bishop Kearney High School
  • Charles G. Finney High School
  • Early College International High School
  • East High School
  • Edison Career & Technology High School
  • The Harley School
  • Integrated Arts & Technology High School
  • James Monroe High School
  • Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School
  • The Leadership Academy for Young Men
  • The Norman Howard School
  • Northeast College Preparatory High School
  • Rochester Academy Charter School
  • Rochester International Academy
  • Rochester Prep High School
  • School Without Walls Commencement Academy
  • School of the Arts
  • University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men
  • Vanguard Collegiate High School
  • Vertus High School
  • World of Inquiry School No. 58
  • Young Women's College Prep Charter School of Rochester


Youth Voice One Vision, The Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, DRYS Youth Workers and City Hall Employees also participated in the Reach Higher campaign.

Want to see pictures from past Reach Higher events? Use this link to view our image gallery here