The Newark YMCA is pleased to begin offering the Reach & Rise® Mentoring Program in Hudson County. 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 goals.
What is Reach & Rise® Mentoring program?
The program is designed for youth ages 6 to 17 who lack role models and are in communities challenged by poverty, crime, truancy, 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 12-18 months. 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.
Who are Reach & Rise® program mentors?
Mentors are volunteers ages 21+, with varied cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds, who wish to make a positive impact on the self-esteem of young people in Hudson County. 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 Aja Palmer she is the new Reach & Rise Mentoring Coordinator Apalmer@newarkymca.org.
To begin the application process Click Here
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:
If you know a child who may benefit from the program, please contact Nicole Washington 973.388.2401.
To begin the referral process Click Here
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