Reach & Rise Group Mentoring

Reach & Rise group mentoring supports youth ages 8 to 15 who often reside in communities challenged by poverty, community violence, educational disparities and various other social issues. As a group mentor, you can build a supportive, consistent relationship with a group of young people. You will help to improve each mentee’s self-esteem, decision-making skills, school performance and interpersonal relationships.

Our site based group mentoring model pairs 2 volunteer mentors with 6 youth mentees. Volunteers provide group-based mentoring services and create safe, healthy and meaningful relationships with youth. Group mentors will engage youth by utilizing therapeutically based interventions developed by Reach and Rise.

We hope to launch our very first Group mentor training the last week of April 2017! Our first mentor groups will be hosted in YMCA facilities.


Mentors must be at least 21years old

Complete the 16+ hour training

Commit to 16-week mentoring session during the fall and spring, or 8 weeks over the summer.

Pass fingerprint security screening

Co-facilitate 2-hour mentoring group

Check-in weekly with program director

Monthly phone check-in with assigned mentees


For more information please contact, Shauntay Guions, she is the new Reach & Rise Mentoring Coordinator sguions@newarkymca.org or (973) 624-8900 ext. 6873.

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