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Reach & Rise Mentoring Program is designed for youth ages 6 to 17 who lack role models and are in communities challenged by poverty, crime, truancy, among other social issues. Research shows that youth facing such challenges are more likely to succeed with the support of a caring adult. The Reach & Rise Mentoring Program connects these children with adult mentors for 12-18 months. As part of the program implementation, the Y will recruit and train adult volunteer mentors to provide direct one-to-one mentoring services and create safe, healthy and meaningful relationships with youth. Mentors and mentees will participate in service projects, field trips and other engaging activities.
Mentors are volunteers ages 23+, with varied cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds, who wish to make a positive impact on the self-esteem of young people in Rhode Island. Mentors commit to spending 1-3 hours per week with their mentee for one full year. The Y committed to ensuring a safe and caring environment for its youth and will conduct face-to-face screenings, thorough background check, as well as provide 15+ hours of paraprofessional counseling training over 4-5 weeks before matching a mentor.