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Mentor This Fall! Help Kids Get Their School Year Started on the Right Foot! Volunteer for 8 or 16 weeks!
WHAT IS REACH & RISE? WHY WAS THIS PROGRAM CREATED?
Reach & Rise is a free, group mentoring program of the YMCA, established to provide young people in our community with positive and peer relationships.
2 adult mentors are matched with a group of 6 youth
The group will meet once a week for 2 hours.
The program cycle runs for 8 weeks during the summer and 16 weeks during the fall and spring.
Mentors are meant to serve as role models, friends, and confidants. They’re another source of support for your child. They are not meant to take the role of a parent, babysitter, or financier.
HOW ARE MENTORS SCREENED BEFORE BEING MATCHED WITH MY CHILD?
Mentors fill out a volunteer application and are screened by the Program Director and Y policies.
Mentors complete 15+ hours of mentor training
Mentors will have passed a background security screening and thorough reference checks.
ONCE YOU ARE MATCHED WITH A GROUP, HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT.
Group mentors will meet with their mentee group every week for 2 hours at an assigned site. This may be at a Y facilities, a school, community center, etc.
Parent’s responsibility to provide transportation to and from the group.
Typical times to meet are weekday evenings or the weekend during the day.
You should expect consistency from the mentors (e.g. meeting should be held at a consistent site, day and time). If for some reason they are unable to make a meeting, the mentor should call in advance and let you and your child know.
WHAT ARE SOME ACTIVITIES THAT MENTORS DO WITH THEIR MENTEES?
Mentors will utilize a group mentoring handbook compiled by Reach and Rise to engage youth in discussions and activities relevant to each mentee’s daily life.
Here are some sample activities that your child may do with his or her mentor:
Go to the YMCA to play sports or swim
Practice social skills through role play and other fun games
Community service project
Many mentors try to introduce their mentees to new activities to help them grow and learn about themselves and their community.
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
Must be at least 23
Orientation or Training
2 hours of group mentoring for 16 weeks
Mentor applications are required to do a background check, interview, and a FREE 15 hour training!