National Mentoring Month

Posted by YMCA on December 31, 2015


The YMCA Reach & Rise® program inspires greater futures for area youth

[La Crosse, WI, January 9th] – In January, the YMCA recognizes National Mentoring Month by celebrating the work of our Reach & Rise® GroupMentoring program. The program, established in La Crosse in 2016, matches area youth ages 8-15 with positive adult role models who want to make a difference in children’s life.

Mentors are provided with 15 hours of training prior to being matched with a youth. This training provides mentors with the skills necessary to make a difference in their mentee’s life. Mentors then commit to meeting with their youth for 2 hours a week for 16 weeks (8 weeks in the summer session) building relationships, doing fun activities, and changing their mentee’s life.

Requirements to be a YMCA Reach & Rise Mentor are:

  • Be at least 21 years of age

  • Pass background check

  • Have a clean driving record

  • Complete 15-hour mentor training

  • Meet for 2 hours weekly for 16 weeks

Two adult mentors will co-lead a groups of youth ages 8-15 for periods of 8-16 weeks. Spring groups will begin in February and will meet for two hours each week. Groups will provide the opportunity for youth to build healthy peer relationships, increase a sense of belonging, and discuss real life experiences.

For more information on the YMCA’s Reach & Rise®Group Mentoring Program, or to become a mentor, contact Joe Delagrave at or call (608) 519-9915.