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How can mentoring change lives

Mentoring Keeps Good Vibes Going

Meet Vinnie and Quinton

YMCA volunteer mentor Vinnie and 12-year-old Quinton are part of the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver’s Reach & Rise Mentoring Program, which connects adults with teens and young kids who may not have in their lives a positive role model, a sounding board, or just another “grown-up” grownup who knows them and cares.

These two can be seen together every weekend, going to the movies, finding adventures, and exploring hiking trails. They may just hang out, but they always have fun.

It’s easy to see the fun “Quince” is having. As a young boy being raised by his mom and grandma, he appreciates getting to do “guy things” with Vinnie, who understands what he’s going through as a young man. Incredibly shy when they first met, Quince now talks and opens up more and more, as he builds a connection that’s increasing his self-esteem and decision-making skills so he can reach his fullest potential.

What’s also clear is the fun Vinnie himself is having. “This program lets me be a kid again, whether it’s seeing an animated movie, or skateboarding, or just being silly,” he said.

He said he never thought of himself as a mentor, and when he told his own parents, they laughed. But new to Colorado and fresh out of the Marines, he signed up because he wanted to keep the “good vibes going.” While he didn’t have experience working with kids, he soon discovered how much he had to offer, just by being older and wiser.

Mentors wanted

To join Vinnie and discover how much you have to offer, learn more about the Reach & Rise Mentoring Program