Reach & Rise™ is a national one-to-one mentoring program determined to move youth from risk to resiliency. The program helps build a better future for youth by matching them with an adult mentor for one year. Free of cost to families, trained mentors work to understand cultural and social development, mental health issues, risk factors, and offer ways to communicate and relate to youth.

Mentor works with youth on robot.


Many youth feel they don’t matter, don’t have adults supporting them and don’t think positively about their future. A mentor can change that. 

An ideal Reach & Rise™ mentor is 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 works with youth.


“The past year I have become an integral part of my mentee’s life. We play laser tag, ball, visit a ton of tourist attractions, the library, watch baseball games, etc.

These activities help build my mentee’s self-esteem and give him the ability to escape his often chaotic environment at home and in his neighborhood.

The program’s been rewarding in my life too; allowing me to reconnect with my inner child and exposing me to neighborhoods and cultures outside of my comfort zone.

I can’t recommend the program enough. Try it. You’ll be surprised by the impact you can make in someone’s life.”

-Kevin, Reach & Rise™ Mentor

Mentor Requirements:

  • 23+ years old
  • 15+ hour training
  • Fingerprint security screening
  • Drug screening
  • Clean DMV Record & valid auto liability insurance (if a car owner)
  • Commit 1-3 hours per week to the program
Reach & Rise™ Mentor Application

Eligible Participants:

  • youth ages 6–18
  • may be at risk youth, dealing with low self-esteem, social isolation, family problems, peer conflicts, poor academics, and/or poor decision making skills.
Reach & Rise™ Youth Referral Form