Reach & Rise

Reach & Rise® is a national YMCA program designed to build a better future for youth by helping them reach their full potential through the support of caring adults.

Reach & Rise supports youth ages 6 to 17 who lack role models and are in communities challenged by poverty, crime and single-parent households, among other social issues. As a volunteer mentor, you can provide a positive and consistent relationship with a young person, helping to improve your mentee’s self-esteem, decision-making skills, school performance and interpersonal relationships,

Become a mentor:

By sharing your time and guidance, you can help your mentee express feelings, have a positive outlook for the future, become more confident and improve at school. You’ll learn how to be a positive role model and gain a better perspective of the pressures and challenges that youth face.

Who are our mentors? 

The ideal Reach & Rise mentor is

  • a dependable, responsible adult who wants to share new interests and experiences with youth.
  • a friend, counselor, role model, supporter and guide.
  • someone who can listen, respect different points of view and empathize with a child’s struggles.

Mentor requirements:

Mentors must

  • be at least 21 years old
  • complete the 15+ hour training
  • pass a fingerprint security screening
  • have a clean driving record and valid auto liability insurance (if driving mentee)
  • spend 1-3 hours a week with youth over the course of a year.

Contact Program Director: Meredith Wipf, 402-999-3242 to become involved a guide a life today.

Nominate youth:

Have a youth in mind, ages 6-17 that can benefit from a mentor/mentee relationship? Contact Program Director: Meredith Wipf, 402-999-3242