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Reach and Rise Group Mentoring, you can be the change!

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ORGANIZATION: Reach and Rise Mentoring

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Reach & Rise is a national YMCA program designed to build a better future for youth by helping them reach their full potential through the support of caring adults.

Reach & Rise group mentoring supports youth ages 6 to 17 who often reside in communities challenged by poverty, community violence, educational disparities and various other social issues. As a group mentor, you can build a supportive, consistent relationship with a group of young people. You will help to improve each mentee’s self-esteem, decision-making skills, school performance and interpersonal relationships.

Our site based group mentoring model pairs 2 volunteer mentors with 8 youth mentees. Volunteers provide group based mentoring services and create safe, healthy and meaningful relationships with youth. Group mentors will engage youth by utilizing therapeutically based interventions developed by Reach and Rise.

MENTOR REQUIREMENTS

Mentors must

  • be at least 21years old

  • complete the 16+ hour training

  • Commit to 16 week mentoring session during the fall and spring, or 8 weeks over the summer.

  • pass fingerprint security screening

  • co-facilitate 2 hour mentoring group

  • Check-in weekly with program director

  • Monthly phone check-in with assigned mentees

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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

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Crisis Support
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Crisis Support

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1426 Fillmore Street suite 204san francisco, CA 94115

(37.78279,-122.4325)
 

SKILLS

  • Child Development
  • Youth Services
  • Mentoring
  • Crisis Intervention

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3 hours per week for approx 4 months

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