Reach & Rise® Group Mentoring Program

Reach & Rise® is a national mentoring program determined to move youth from risk to resiliency. The program helps build a better future for youth by matching them with an adult mentor for 8 to 16 weeks. Free of cost to families, trained mentors work to understand cultural and social development, mental health issues, risk factors, and offer ways to communicate and relate to youth.

As a mentor you will spend time with participants, 8–15 years old, who may be at risk youth dealing with low self-esteem, social isolation, family issues, peer conflicts, poor academics, and/or poor decision making skills.

The goal of the program is to help youth gain positive, consistent, and nurturing relationships with adults. To build self-esteem, decision-making skills, improve school performance and make healthy interpersonal relationships. Mentors gain personal satisfaction from making a difference in a youth’s life by devoting time and sharing your strengths.

By sharing your time and guidance, you can help your mentees 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.

Why should I be a group mentor?

  • Help increase youth's sense of belonging
  • Normalize youth's develomental milestones and experiences
  • Have a DIRECT impact on our local community
  • Make a DIFFERENCE in the lives of others

Does it really work?

  • Youth are FIVE times more likely to graduate if they have meaningful relationships with adults
  • Kids who have mentors are nearly 50% less likely to use drugs
  • Youth with mentors demonstrate improved self-esteem, decision making skills, and increased academic performance 

Mentor requirements

  • Desire to work with youth ages 8-15 in a group setting
  • 21+ years old
  • Pass fingerprint security screening
  • Weekly check-ins with Program Coordinator
  • Willingness to collaborate with Co-Mentor to facilitate group meetings

Mentor commitment

  • Mentor training (15 hours) results in certification to deliver this program. 
  • 2 hours a week for 8 weeks in the summer, or 16 weeks over the spring/fall.

For more information contact:

Tori Osteraa Program Coordinator, 509 720 5798


How will mentoring help my child?
Quality time with a mentor and supportive peers can improve your child’s academic performance, self-esteem, decision-making skills and relationships with peers and family. 

Who is eligible? Youth ages 8-15
*FREE Open to everyone

What is group mentoring?  
•  2 mentors facilitate groups with 6 mentees 
•  Mentors utilize group activities developed to help build healthy, supportive, safe and fun relationships with youth
•  Groups meet weekly for 2 hours each 
•  Group mentoring sessions are held 3 times per year: fall, spring and summer

For more information contact:

Tori Osteraa Program Coordinator, 509 720 5798

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