BE A MENTOR, CHANGE TWO LIVES!
The Greater Waterville YMCA is pleased to offer the Reach & Rise Therapeutic Mentoring Program at the Alfond Youth Center. Reach & Rise is a national YMCA program that is committed to youth development by nurturing the potential of kids and teens to help them achieve and reach their full potential.
REACH & RISE® MENTORING PROGRAM
Included in the national expansion of 2013,
the Greater Waterville YMCA is one of only 38 Y’s
to offer this program.
Lynne is really really really really really awesome and I really like the mentoring program! Lynne helps me by taking me places that I really like such as Champions to work-out and we also get to play racquetball!
I still remember the loneliness and isolation I felt because I didn't have anyone to talk to about my problems. I joined Reach and Rise with the intention of being the mentor I always wished for.
The Next Mentor Training
Starts January 10th, 5:30 - 8:30pm
5 Week, 15 Hour Class
Held at the AYC
Matches made upon completion
Contact Michelle to Register
Living our Cause
A BRIEF HISTORY
The Reach & Rise Therapeutic Mentoring Program began in 1992 through the YMCA of San Francisco. The program was designed so mentors could more effectively understand and respond to emotional, behavioral and mental health needs experienced by youth. The program was later piloted in Baltimore, Phoenix, Cincinnati, Nashville and Oakland where research has shown it allowed youth to better express their feelings, improve school grades, have higher expectations of themselves, get along better with others and become more involved with extracurricular programming.
REACH & RISE IN MORE DETAIL
The Reach & Rise Therapeutic Mentoring Program is designed for youth ages 9-17 who live in communities challenged by poverty, crime, truancy, and single-parent households, among other social issues. Youth may be struggling with challenges such as low self -esteem, poor academic progress and social and/or family relationships to name a few. Research shows that youth facing such struggles are more likely to succeed with the support of a caring, dependable adult. Reach & Rise connects youth with adult mentors from the local community for 12-18 months. Adult mentors are trained to provide safe, healthy and meaningful 1:1 relationships with youth. Mentors and mentees will have opportunities to participate in service projects, field trips and other engaging activities. Matches will also have access to the Alfond Youth Center.
Mentors are volunteers from the community who are at least 21 years old with diverse cultural, educational and professional backgrounds and wish to make a positive impact on young people and give back to their community. Mentors commit to spending 1-3 hours each week for a year with their mentee. The Y is committed to ensuring a safe and caring environment for its youth and will conduct face to face interviews, background screenings and finger print checks as well as provide 15 hours of paraprofessional counseling training over the course of roughly 5 weeks for the mentors before beginning the matching process.
The Reach & Rise Therapeutic Mentoring Program serves young people ages 6-17 in Greater Waterville experiencing challenges such as low self-esteem, poor academic progress, peer difficulties, family conflict, and other challenges. Youth in our program come from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and family backgrounds and are referred to the program in a number of ways
*From school counselors, teachers and principals
*From community agencies such as social welfare and counseling agencies
*From YMCA programs
*From YMCA community, friends, family and/or self-referrals
Jenin & Stephanie
My name is Laura and my son Chad is a part of Reach and Rise. Since he has started the program it has had such a positive impact on him - and his mentor Lynne is a wonderful mentor and woman. It is very nice to have a mother see her son come home with a positive attitude and smile. More children can benefit from Reach and Rise - not only are they helpful to the kids but to the parents as well.
Thank You for your time.
9 to 17 years of age
From diverse backgrounds
In Greater Waterville
Poor academic progress
I am Writing to let you know how much l enjoyed giving my mentee a tour of Bath Iron Works. The U.S.S. Zumwalt that we toured has since been out to sea trials and was very successful! I'd like to thank the Reach and Rise Program for the opportunity to share in this mentoring process. Thank you, Senator Collins, for your continued support.
Mentoring has helped me by having someone to talk to and being able to feel a little more confident with the support
from my mentor.
I feel it’s a great program for our young ones. It provides another eye and another view of the world rather than just the perspective of parents. Ben really enjoys the companionship he has with his mentor Walter. I’m looking forward to enrolling my daughter!