Give A Child A Smile … Become A Mentor

YMCA News:

  • Y Mentoring Program Hosts Informational Sessions

The Family YMCA is hosting two question and answer sessions regarding Y youth mentoring at noon and again at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23.

People interested in youth mentoring should attend either of the sessions lasting about 45 minutes. Mentors must be over 23 years old, complete the mentor training and pass a background check. The informational sessions accompany The Y’s Fall Youth Mentoring Challenge aiming to match 30 of Los Alamos youth with caring adult mentors by December.

The two sessions will be held at the Y Express conference room located at 140 Central Park Square. Aspiring mentors can choose one the two sessions to attend. Topics of discussion will include mentoring activities, length of commitment and screening process. Please RSVP to Aaron Purtzer by Oct. 22at 662.3100 or e-mail

Reach & Rise is a nationally recognized YMCA program that was started by mental health professionals at the YMCA of San Francisco in 1992. Reach & Rise was created to meet social and emotional needs of youth ages 6-17. The program provides training and professional mentor support. The youth are in a critical developmental stage and susceptible of not reaching a productive and healthy adulthood because of limited support while being faced with social challenges.

By matching youth with mentors, youth receive special attention and are introduced to new opportunities aimed at helping them succeed. Mentors help youth move from risk to resiliency by increasing their opportunities to develop healthy relationships and increase their connectedness to families, school, community and employment.