Definition of outreach: A systematic attempt to provide services beyond conventional limits, as to particular segments of a community.

Outreach programs provide social services to people who, for a variety of reasons, might not have access to mainstream services. They are usually carried out by non-profit, nongovernmental organisations with providers meeting those in need at their home locations.

There are four types of outreach situations:

  • domiciliary – undertaken at individual homes
  • detached – undertaken in public environments with targeted individuals
  • peripatetic – undertaken at public or private environments with organizations rather than individuals
  • satellite – undertaken at a dedicated site

Which may deliver:

  • Community events that occur in local venues or online
  • Awareness, skill-building, behavior-changing  through lessons, activities or classroom supplements
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Student or community-based contests and awards
  • Corporate – non-profit partnerships

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