Reach & Rise® Mentoring Program
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 is a free, one-to-one youth mentoring program that was established to provide young people in our community with positive adult relationships. Each adult is matched with a young person who they meet with once a week.
Each match lasts a minimum of one year. Mentors serve as role models, friends, and confidants. They’re a source of support for at risk children. Mentors are not meant to take the role of a parent, babysitter, or financer. Mentors try to introduce their mentees to new activities to help them grow and learn about themselves and their community.
Who can participate in Reach & Rise?
Reach & Rise services children and youth who are:
- Between the ages of 9-17 years old
- Experiencing social isolation, family problems or other stressors
- From military families
- Who are open to the idea of mentoring
- From families that are overstressed/overwhelmed
- Involved with or at-risk of entering the juvenile justice system
Goals of Reach & Rise
- Youth are able to use words to express their feelings
- Reinforce youth’s strengths
- Improve family relationships
- Improve academic performance and behavior at school
- Connected to employment and community
To refer someone for the Reach & Rise program
Referrals can come from schools, counselors, clinicians, community or be self-referred. Referrals can be sent anytime. The family (including youth) should be aware and interested in the Reach & Rise program before a referral is sent.
Interested in being a mentor?
The Y recruits and trains 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 spend 1-3 hours per week with their mentee during the year long program.
- Volunteers from the local community who wish to make a positive impact on the self-esteem of young people
- Men and women ages 21-60+
- 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
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information about the Reach & Rise program, please email Mr. Lee at [email protected]
SHE Tribe Mentoring Program
She’s Healthy and Empowered (SHE) Tribe is a program that aims to gather women together, and pursue a lifestyle of health through making small changes that empower action for lifelong wellbeing. Tribes of 5-8 individuals gather together for 5 sessions to discuss themes including goal-setting, self-care, movement, food as fuel and social support. During these gatherings participants set goals, do the actions to achieve those goals and reflect on things that help and hinder personal wellbeing. SHE Tribe is supported by the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) and the YMCA.
Interested in being a group leader?
We are looking for female adult volunteers that are motivated to be trained in and implement the concepts of the SHE Tribe Program, to improve health and wellbeing of women in their life through small changes for sustained health improvement over a lifetime.
Group leaders are:
- Caring, friendly, respectful and respected by others.
- Good communication skills including listening skills, and the ability to share information in a group setting. Teaching and leadership experience are a plus.
- Committed to the health and well-being of themselves as well as their family, friends and community.
- Good organizational and administrative skills. (Ex. Able to keep track of expense receipts and turn submit them in a timely manner.
- Able to commit their time and energy to the program for the duration of the SHE Tribe (usually 5 weeks).
- Able to keep participant and program information confidential when needed. (Ex. Participants may talk about personal struggles or goals that are sensitive to them. Respect their right to privacy and keep matters in the tribe in the tribe.)
For more information about SHE Tribe, please call 817-534-1591.