Reach & Rise Mentoring Program

Inspire a Future Through Mentoring

Change the life of a child in need through involvement with the Reach and Rise® Mentoring Program at the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties! Our mentors are working every day to ensure that kids have the best chance for a bright future!

What is Reach and Rise?

Reach and Rise® is a national YMCA program designed to provide guidance for youth and help them reach their full potential through the support of caring adults. Reach and Rise supports youth ages 6 to 17 who need the benefit of a positive adult role model. The program is led by mental health professionals who provide mentors with therapeutic mentoring training that ensures preparedness and ongoing support for youth and their families.

• Read a blog post about how our mentors make an impact!
• Reach and Rise was featured in Area Woman – click here to read the article!

Mentoring Programs

At the Y, we offer two different Reach and Rise programs. Our One-On-One program matches a single youth with a single mentor for one year. Our Group Mentoring Program matches a group of six youth with two mentors for either 8 or 16 weeks. Learn more about the difference below!

One-On-One Mentoring – click to learn even more!
  • Minimum Mentor Age: 21
  • Age of Mentees: 6-17
  • Time Commitment: 1-3 hours/week for one year (flexible)
  • Ratio: One mentor, one mentee
  • Program Structure: Community based activities, jointly planned by Mentor/Mentee. Weekly one-on-one outings with flexible schedules, Program Director plans monthly optional activities with other mentors and mentees.
Group Mentoring – click to learn even more!
  • Minimum Mentor Age: 21
  • Age of Mentees: 8-15
  • Time Commitment: 2 hours/week for 8 or 16 weeks (structured)
  • Ratio: Two mentors, six mentees
  • Program Structure: Structured, pre-planned group activities (several options selected by mentors), same time and place each week.

Prospective Mentees

Know a youth who would benefit from involvement in Reach and Rise?

There are separate referral applications for each program. Visit the One-on-One Mentoring page or Group Mentoring page to view each and find contact information for each program.

Don’t have time to volunteer but still want to make a difference? Here are a few more ways to get involved!

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Sponsor a mentor/mentee outing! Mentors often pay for activities with their mentee out of their own pockets – help alleviate some of that financial pressure. Contact Sarah Benson at or 701.364.4125

Share this opportunity with other prospective mentors and mentees who might benefit from involvement with the program!