Reach and Rise Mentoring
A national, therapeutic 1:1 mentoring program that serves youth ages 6-18 to provide positive experiences that help them to value relationships, develop useful problem solving skills, strengthen familial interactions, have a sense of belonging, and effectively process their thoughts, feelings, and emotions. The overarching goal of the program is to positively impact the lives of young people; while empowering them to envision and pursue extraordinary and fulfilling futures.
Reach & Rise is a research based program that provides comprehensive 15+ hour mentor training curriculum, an established protocol for matching mentors and mentees, and weekly face-to-face meetings lasting for the duration of 12 – 24 months. The program also incorporates personalized growth plans for youth and families, ongoing mentor/mentee support (including structured group activities and support groups), case management, and supportive procedures for the closure of matches.
Mentors are matched with a young person for 1 year to provide 1:1 mentoring services.
- Mentors must be at least 21 years of age
- Must complete a fingerprint background check
- Must be able to provide proof of insurance and have a clean driving record
- All mentors must complete 15+ hours of training before being matched, where they will learn basic therapeutic and practical approaches to help facilitate positive change.
- All Reach & Rise mentors must be open-minded, dependable, and responsible adults who want to share new interests and experiences with youth.
- Able to commit 1-3 hours to the program each week
- Youth and Teens from a wide range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
- Young people (ages 6-18)
- Youth and Teens who could benefit from a positive and dependable role model/adult relationship
- Reach & Rise mentoring program was established to serve the needs of
young people not being met by existing mental health services.
- To offer over-stressed families a resource to help meet their children’s
- To provide youth with positive, growth-inducing relationships with adults
- To make a difference in a child’s life.
- Youth ages 6-17.
- Young people experiencing challenges with low self-esteem, poor academic progress, peer difficulties, family conflict and/or poor decision making, for example.
- Youth from a wide range of ethnic diversity and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Youth encompassing a variety of family backgrounds: intact families, single-parent families, blended families, foster homes, and/or grandparent or other relative-headed families.
- From school counselors, teachers and principals.
- From community agencies such as social welfare and counseling agencies.
- From YMCA Programs
- From the YMCA community, friends, family, and/or self-referrals.
- All referrals to Reach & Rise go through an application process and an initial telephone and/or face-to-face screening with the Program Director. This process helps determine whether or not each child is appropriate for the program. Those children assessed to have mental health problems not appropriate for our program will be referred elsewhere. The types of issues not likely to be handled by our mentors include: acute depression, homicidal or suicidal behavior, drug/alcohol dependence, and violent behavior.
Reach & Rise is committed to on-going training and support for all volunteer mentors, and the Program Director is actively involved in goalsetting and on-going planning with all mentors for their mentees.
Mentors are invited and encouraged to attend ongoing mentor support group meetings, which are led by the Program Director. This continuing support is considered vital because it provides structure for the mentors as well as on-going training and development of mentoring skills. Individual telephone support is provided on a monthly or as needed basis. The Program Director can serve as a liaison between the mentor and the mentee’s family to work through any issues that may arise in the mentoring relationship.