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ORGANIZATION: Reach and Rise Mentoring

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The Reach and Rise mission is to help at-risk youth overcome personal, social, and family challenges through a positive adult-child relationship. Reach and Rise offers 1-to-1 mentoring to at-risk youth in San Francisco/Marin/San Mateo/Alameda counties. We help children develop tools to cope with issues such as low self-esteem, family and peer conflicts, academic underachievement, and decision-making skills. We are unique in that we provide a 15-hour paraprofessional training to all mentors before matching, which prepares them to work successfully with at-risk youth by developing relationship-building skills, exploring issues facing at-risk youth, and strategies to handle difficult situations. Thorough ongoing support is provided by the program director, a masters level mental heath professional.

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About Reach and Rise Mentoring

Location:

1426 Fillmore street suite 216, san francisco, CA 94115, US

Mission Statement

REACH & RISE helps Bay Area youth ages 6-18 develop tools to cope with issues such as low self-esteem, family and peer conflicts, academic underachievement and decision-making skills through a positive adult-child relationship. Volunteer mentors meet with mentees once each week to support them with challenges occurring in their lives while engaging in enriching community activities. Mentors don’t need any special skills, just a desire to make a difference!

Description

WHY WAS REACH & RISE CREATED?

  • This free program was established to serve the needs of young people not being met by existing youth services.
  • To offer over-stressed families a resource to help meet their children’s needs.
  • To provide youth with positive, growth-inducing relationships with adults through the mentoring process.
  • To make a difference in a child’s life.

WHAT TYPE OF YOUTH DOES THE PROGRAM SERVE?

  • Elementary, Middle and High School-aged children and their families
  • Young people experiencing problems such as low self-esteem, poor academic performance, truancy, peer difficulties, family conflict and poor decision-making skills.
  • Youth from a wide range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Youth encompassing a variety of family backgrounds including intact families, single-parent families, blended families, foster home and/or grandparent and other relative-headed families.

HOW ARE YOUNG PEOPLE REFERRED TO THE PROGRAM?

  • From other YMCA enrichment programs
  • From local community and mental health services
  • From school counselors, teachers and principals.
  • From parents and guardians.

All referrals to the REACH & RISE go through an application process and an initial telephone and face-to-face screening with the Program Coordinator. 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.

WHO ARE REACH & RISE MENTORS?

  • Volunteers form the local community who wish to make a positive impact on the self-esteem of young people.
  • Men and women ages 23 - 60+
  • Adults from varied cultural, educational and professional backgrounds.
  • Mentors are actively recruited within the YMCA community, community agencies, local corporations, universities and by word of mouth of current mentors.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Sports & Recreation
Children & Youth, Sports & Recreation

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1426 Fillmore Street suite 204san francisco, CA 94115

(37.78279,-122.4325)
 

SKILLS

  • Mental Health
  • Child Development
  • Youth Services

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 year

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