Mentoring Program | Denver YMCA

Mentoring Program

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 9 to 17 who lack quality role models and who are in communities challenged by poverty, crime, and single-parent households, among other social issues. Mentors provide a positive and consistent relationship with a young person, helping to improve the mentee’s self-esteem, decision-making skills, school performance, and interpersonal relationships.


Volunteer mentors are matched with a young person for one year to provide one-to-one mentoring services and create safe, healthy and meaningful relationships with youth. You and your mentee may participate in service projects or other engaging activities. 

As a mentor, you will gain personal satisfaction from making a difference in a young person’s life. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with youth from different cultures and backgrounds. Together, you can share diverse experiences, develop a stronger sense of belonging within your community and create lasting memories and fun times! 


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. 


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. 


  • be at least 23 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


Download Mentor Application

Download Mentee Referral

For information about volunteering as a mentor, as a mentee or how to refer a youth, please contact:

Samantha Church, Reach & Rise State Director at or 720 810 7275.


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