Who We Are

Reach Out, Inc. was a non-profit organization that educated and promoted awareness about the perils of illegal drugs, alcohol abuse, tobacco, crime, violence, prejudice, and life threatening diseases such as AIDS and Cancer. This New Jersey based non-profit organization was founded in 1989 by Lori Michaels, who at the time was only sixteen years of age. For 30 years, Reach Out, Inc. and its volunteers had been inspiring people, especially our youth to attain their personal potential, and to make a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.

Although the entity has dissolved, the labor of love continues through the efforts of Lori Michaels at PEAK Performing Arts Center.


Children and teens are at the center of what we do. They face tough issues like drug and alcohol abuse, smoking, violence, prejudice, poverty, and disease. We don't preach. We don't judge. And we're certainly not quiet. Instead, we try to reach them in a unique and powerful way - through music and dance.

Since 1989 we've been working with schools and local and national organizations to create:
• Motivational speaking engagements
• In-school assemblies and performances
• Customized awareness and prevention programs
• Health and fitness presentations

We customize each high-energy performance to focus on a specific issue and to appeal to the needs of the audience.

Past programs have included:
Dance For Health, A.N.G.E.L Initiative, H.E.R.O! Breast Cancer Awareness, I Want The Right, O.U.T! Proud, REACH OUT with The NETS, REACH OUT with The JETS, and so much more.

Our Philosophy

We're committed to doing the real work of youth development and community outreach because we believe that our youths have great potential. Potential to look beyond the present and envision a better future. Potential to reach out to others and positively affect the world. Potential to shake up the status quo and make a real difference.

We strive to:
• Engage children and teens through music, dance, and positive messages
• Inspire children and teens to get involved in constructive activities and community service
• Empower children and teens to make informed decisions that enhance their lives
• Educate children and teens about important social and health issues that may affect them

How You Can Help

Join the Reach Out family by making a contribution. Your contribution helps us inspire kids, teens & adults to reach their full potential and make positive choices for life. Our work would not be possible without your commitment and generosity.

If you would like to contribute by mail, please make checks payable to "PEAK Performing Arts Center" and mail to:

c/o PEAK Performing Arts Center
734 Grand Avenue, Unit F
Ridgefield, NJ 07657

If you and/or your company would like to sponsor a specific Reach Out program, kindly call our office at (201) 520-6200 or send an email with your contact information (