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Founder and Executive Director

Our Founder & Executive Director

Ms. Toni A. Smith


Toni founded In Reach in December 1999 as a community-focused 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. It began as a simple idea to provide after school programming. Toni was an active mother in her community and the PTA at her daughter's elementary school and knew firsthand that there were not nearly enough programs to meet the demand especially in higher need communities. After connecting with a few schools in her neighborhood and laying the initial ground work, In Reach was conceived. And, today, over 24 years later In Reach is still helping others thrive.

A passionate advocate, Toni has a long-standing commitment to children's issues and an intimate understanding of the wide array of social justice issues faced by children, youth, and families.

She has worked in a variety of local and national youth advocacy nonprofit environments including The Forum for Youth Investment and the Department of Pediatrics at Howard University Hospital. Toni holds leadership roles in convening advocates and community organizing and has written numerous articles that have been published nationally and internationally.

Toni is passionate about improving the lives of children and youth, empowering women and girls to reach their full potential, and supporting the vital work of community-based nonprofit organizations. 

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