Youth Programs

Teen & Leadership Programs

Reach & Rise®

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.

The program is designed for youth ages 8 to 17 who are matched with adult mentors who are recruited and trained by the Y to provide personal mentoring services and create safe, healthy, and meaningful relationships with youth.

For Interested Parents & Program Participants

How Will Mentoring Help My Child?
Quality time with a mentor can improve your child’s academic performance, self-esteem, decision-making skills, and relationships with peers and family.

Who is Eligible?
Youth ages 8-17

How Does It Work?
We offer two different Reach & Rise® programs. Our 1:1 Mentoring 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.

Group Mentoring
Youth ages 8-15 are matched into a group of up to 6 mentees which is facilitated by two adult volunteer mentors. Group activities are designed to build healthy, supportive, safe and fun relationships.
1:1 Mentoring
Youth ages 6-17 are matched with 1 adult volunteer mentor dedicated to their growth and development for a minimum of 1 year. Mentors will pick up and drop off their mentees at home or school. Activities include sports, arts, museums, homework help and other enriching activities.
Time Commitment
2 hours a week for 8 weeks (summer) or 16 weeks (fall/spring).
Time Commitment
2 hours every week for a minimum of 1 year.

Additional Information For Prospective Participants

Inspire a Future: Volunteer to Become a Mentor!

Want to inspire a future? Help youth reach their full potential and rise above life’s challenges? Then our new Reach & Rise® volunteer mentoring program is what you are looking for! We provide all the training and resources you need to serve as a group mentor to create safe, supportive, and consistent relationships with a group of young people. You will help improve each mentee’s self-esteem, confidence, relationships, decision-making skills, and school performance – all while having fun and being an important part of building stronger communities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Group Mentoring
You’ll join another adult mentor to facilitate meetings with 1 group of youth ages 8 to 15 to help create safe, supportive, and consistent relationships.
1:1 Mentoring
You’ll be matched with 1 youth age 6 to 17, to serve as a positive and stable role model.
Requirements & Commitment
  • 21+ years old
  • 5+ hours of training and security screening
  • Weekly check-ins with Program Director
  • Meet with group 2 hours per week
    • Summer Groups: 8 weeks
    • Fall & Spring Groups: 16 week
Requirements & Commitment
  • 21+ years old
  • 15+ hours of training and security screening
  • Meet with youth 1-3 hours per week for a minimum of one year (flexible schedule)
  • Monthly logs & regular check-ins with Program Director
Reach & Rise® National Cognitive Behavior Mentoring Research Study
A Unique Opportunity for College/University Students and Upcoming Professionals, where as little as 1 hour a week will give a lifetime of opportunity!

Requirements & Commitment
  • 21+ years old
  • Willingness to work with youth ages 9 to 17 for 1 year.
  • 17+ hours of training + security screening
  • Meet with youth 1-3 hours per week for a minimum of one year (flexible schedule).
  • Monthly logs & regular check-ins with Program Director.

Additional Information For Prospective Volunteers


For More Information

To learn more about the Reach & Rise® program, please contact Program Director Jamie Umanzor at (808) 848-2494 x823 or email jumanzor@ymcahonolulu.org.