Background and History
The founder and president is David Gray, who is a parent of a student with ASD.
NHI is a 501C3 non-profit organization registered with both the IRS and the state of California, located in Los Angeles.
New Horizons Institute started in the 1990s with an after-school program titled, “REACH” working with local high schools and non-profit organizations. The program was developed for At-Risk high school students, ages 14 to 18, to train them in the basic skills and procedures of production used in the film, television, and video industries (See under ‘Programs’: REACH Career Program for video clips). Over the years, “REACH” grew into a career development program designed to partner local and national businesses with students to expose them to the careers they were interested in. Today, we are restructuring the REACH program (now CPDP) to now focus on students with Learning Disabilities (LD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Dyslexia to train them for social, business, economic, and health preparedness.
For each student to receive the program’s maximum benefit, NHI aims to merge the program within each student’s course structure to ensure more holistic development for each student from the freshman to the senior level. This approach will also allow students exposure to the career the student is interested in and provide the necessary instruction and guidance through social, business, and daily issues.
In addition to the REACH program, NHI will conduct a Summer Bridge Program (SBP). SBP is currently in research and development. This program is a course all students accepted into NHI must take. The goal of SBP is to assist with the physical, behavioral, academic, and social transition of each student and for NHI educational instructors, staff, and administrators to understand and develop the educational and social resource needs of each accepted student.