Reach & Rise Mentor Program
Inspire a Future: Become a Mentor
We are excited to offer Reach & Rise Mentoring Program, a national YMCA mentoring program, which supports youth ages 9 to 17. Reach & Rise is a one-to-one community-based mentoring program aimed to transition youth from “risk to resiliency” and build a better future for youth by maximizing each child’s potential, with the support of caring adults. This is a free program open to all community members, established to provide youth from over-stressed families in our community an opportunity to grow through a positive relationship with an adult mentor.
WHY BE A MENTOR?
Must be at least 21 years old
Meet with youth 1-3 hours each week (scheduled by mentor, youth, and youth’s family)
Make a 1 year commitment to the program
Pass fingerprint security screening
Complete training (17 hours over 5-6 weeks)
Mentors go through 17 hours of therapeutic paraprofessional training, which is spread out over the course of five to six weeks. The training will provide a better understanding of cultural/social development, mental health issues, risk factors, and ways to communicate with at risk youth. Reach & Rise is an intentional program that utilizes a strength-based approach to build trusting relationships, develop cultural empathy, and create positive change.
MENTORING CAN INCLUDE:
Educational Support and Tutoring
Recreational Activities (such as arts and crafts, environmental activities and social outlets)
Exploration of Interests and Strengths
Involvement in Recreational Activities