Objective: The Reach & Rise® mentoring program trains adult volunteers to provide mentoring services to young people ages 6-17 for one year. We aim to help youth develop tools to cope with issues such as low self-esteem, family and peer conflicts, problems at school, and to improve their decision-making skills.
- 15+ hours of training
- 1-3 hours each week with child (flexible - scheduled by mentor and child)
- Optional Mentor Support Meetings
- Monthly phone check-in with Program Director
Reports To: Reach & Rise® Program Director
Principal Activities: Developing supportive, consistent mentoring relationship with a child through recreational play and paraprofessional therapeutic techniques. Help children explore and cope with social and/or family struggles.
- Must be at least 23 years old
- Desire to work with youth and have interest in counseling/mentoring
- Must submit to fingerprint screening for security purposes
- Proof of auto insurance, copy of current driving record, and NO DUIs (if you plan to drive with mentee)
- One-year commitment to meet one time a week for 1-3 hours (on average)
Training and Support: Mentors attend a 15 hours of training over the course of approximately 4-5 weeks to prepare mentors for the mentoring relationship such as information about the program, expectations, basic therapeutic concepts, relationship building, understand risk factors/mental health issues, how to handle safety issues, etc. If accepted into the program, mentors are then matched with a child. Optional mentor support meetings with your fellow mentors facilitated by Program Director are also available.