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Reach & Rise

Reach & Rise® Mentoring Program



Group mentoring Program


The Newark YMCA is pleased to begin offering the Reach & Rise®  1:1 & Group Mentoring Programs to all nine service areas.  The Reach & Rise® Mentoring Programs are 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.

 Click here to download our 1:1 Reach and Rise Flyer.

 Click here to download our Group Reach and Rise Flyer for parents to sign up their child and click here to download our Group Reach and Rise Flyer for those interested in becoming mentors.


 What are Reach & Rise® Mentoring program?

The program is designed for youth ages 8 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 4 to 12 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.



  • One youth (ages 9-17) is matched with one adult volunteer mentor
  • Matches meet in the community for 1-3 hours per week for a minimum of 1 year
  • Mentors who drive will need proof of auto insurance and clean driving record
  • Contact Nicole Washington 973.624.8900*6899 or nwashington@newarkymca.org


  • A group of 6 youth (ages 8-15) are matched with two adult mentors 
  • Groups meet at an approved site once a week for 2 hours for 16 weeks
  • Contact Shauntay Guions 973.624.8900 *6873 or sguions@newark ymca.org
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