Our Y is pleased to begin offering the Reach & Rise®
Mentoring Program. The Reach & Rise® Mentoring
Program 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.
Research shows that mentoring works!

Download Reach & Rise® Flyer for Mentors

What is the Reach & Rise® mentoring program?

The program is designed for youth ages 6 to 17 that lack role models and are in communities challenged by poverty, crime, truancy, and single-parent households 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 one year. As part of 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.

What are the benefits for local youth?

The Reach & Rise® Mentoring Program was founded in 1992 at the YMCA of San Francisco, and later piloted by five more YMCA locations in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Nashville, Phoenix, and Oakland. At these sites, Reach & Rise® has been shown, through evaluation results, to help youth better express their feelings, increase school grades, expect more from themselves, get along better with others, and become more involved in enrichment programs and after-school activities. As part of a national expansion, our own Twin Pike Family YMCA was chosen to implement this program.

Who are Reach & Rise® mentors?

Mentors are volunteers age 23 and over, with varied cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds, who wish to make a positive impact on the self-esteem of young people in our twin Pike Counties. Mentors commit to spending 1-3 hours per week with their mentee for one full year. The Y is committed to ensuring a safe and caring environment for its youth and will conduct face-to-face screenings as well as provide 15+ hours of paraprofessional counseling training over 4-5 weeks before matching a mentor.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Lynsie Hunt at the YMCA.

Download Reach & Rise® Mentor Application

Download Reach & Rise® Mentor Application Checklist

Who does the program serve?

The Reach & Rise® Mentoring Program serves young people experiencing problems, such as low self-esteem, poor academic progress, peer difficulties, family conflict, and/or poor decision making. Youth in our program come from a wide range of ethnic, socioeconomic, and family backgrounds.

Young people 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.

If you know a child who may benefit from the program, download the Youth Referral Form or contact the coordinator at (573)754-4497 to learn more.

Download Reach & Rise® Youth Referral Form

Now is the time to join!

Become a Reach & Rise® mentor to:

  • Provide youth with a positive relationship
  • Be a solution to the problem
  • Move youth from risk to resiliency
  • Have a direct impact on your local community
  • Make a difference in the life of someone in need

Mentor Requirements:

  • Must be at least 23 years old
  • Complete 15+ hours training (provided over 4-5 weeks)
  • Pass fingerprint security screening
  • Meet with youth 1-3 hours each week (flexible – scheduled by mentor, youth and youth’s family)
  • Make a 1 year commitment to the program

Download the Mentor Application or contact the coordinator at (573)754-4497 to learn more.

Download Reach & Rise® Mentor Application


Donations can be made to the Twin Pike Family YMCA Reach & Rise® Mentoring Program by contacting Beth Graves or Lynsie Hunt at 573-754-4497. All donations are tax deductible and go directly to benefit youth in the Reach & Rise® Mentoring Program.

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