For Immediate Release
YMCA of Metropolitan Denver
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MENTORS WANTED TO PROVIDE POSITIVE EXPERIENCES, STRONG ROLE MODELS FOR AT-RISK YOUTH
Young adults and students looking to enhance their lives and do something meaningful can make a lasting impact in the YMCA’s Reach & Rise Mentoring Program
(Denver, June 15, 2015) – If you’ve gone anywhere, or done anything, you have something to share. That’s what former US Marine and Metropolitan State University freshman Vinnie White learned when he signed up for the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver’s Reach & Rise™ Mentoring Program.
Every week, Vinnie and his 12-year-old mentee Quince spend time together, hiking, going to the movies, and even going to water parks and recording studios. As they have fun and get to know each other, they also learn from each other. Vinnie discovers how much he has to offer a young person when it comes to simple things like shooting hoops, and big things like talking about emotions. And Quince sees that there is one more adult in his life who cares about him and his future.
Vince and Quince are one of hundreds of mentor and mentee pairings made possible through this program. Part of the national YMCA Reach & Rise Program that supports over 1,500 vulnerable youth every year, the local Denver program matches volunteer mentors with kids who are facing challenges as a result of poverty, crime, lack of supervision, or lack of quality role models. Through the program, mentors and mentees create a positive and consistent bond that increases children’s self esteem and decision-making skills and improves their school performance, interpersonal relationships, and life at home. Reach & Rise is one of the many ways the Y helps kids “hop the gap” in available resources, services, and activities that help them thrive in a safe environment and reach their fullest potential.
Right now, mentors are wanted for this impactful and rewarding program. “We’re looking for young adults and students who want to get involved with their community and make a meaningful, measurable difference,” said YMCA program director Jessica Brown.
White also urges young adults like him to become a mentor and realize all they have to share. “Just by being older and wiser, you can show a kid opportunities and possibilities that they may have never considered,” he said.
For more information about the Reach & Rise Mentoring Program and to become a mentor, visit www.denverymca.org/mentoring.
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver
A leading non-profit, the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver brings together over 71,000 children, teens, members, and volunteers in a shared commitment to strengthen community. Through a variety of programs and services, we promote youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility throughout Denver and at our five locations in Arvada, Littleton, Southwest Denver, University Hills, and downtown. We are one of 2,700 YMCA organizations nationwide, collectively helping more than 21 million people learn, grow, and thrive. To join, donate, or get more information, visit www.denverymca.org.