The Reach & Rise ® 1:1 Mentoring Program is a Berwick Area YMCA program designed to help youth ages 8-17 develop tools to cope with issues such as low self-esteem, family and peer conflicts, academic underachievement and decision-making skills through a positive adult-child relationship. Volunteer mentors meet with mentees once each week to support them with challenges occurring in their lives while engaging in enriching community activities. Mentors don’t need any special skills, just a desire to make a difference!

Volunteer mentors will receive training and extensive support to insure they are equipped to make a difference in the lives of young people. In addition, volunteer mentors must meet the following criteria:
  • Attend mentor training (YMCA provided)
  • Pass fingerprint security screening and background check
  • Have a clean driving record and valid auto liability insurance
  • Meet with youth 1-3 hours each week (flexible – scheduled by mentor and mentee’s family)
  • Make a 1 year commitment to the program
  • Must be at least 23 years old


You can make a world of difference to a young person in need with just a little of your time. If you are interested in helping please contact Brandon Berkes, Reach and Rise ® Program Director at




Nurture, Guide, Support
Reach & Rise® group mentoring supports youth ages 8-15, who may often experience social issues, poverty, community violence, and educational disparities. Volunteer mentors have the opportunity to change the life of not only one child but six. Mentors can help the mentees express feelings, have a positive outlook on the future, and become more confident in themselves leading to an endless possibility of positive outcomes. Mentors will meet with their partner and mentees once a week, to create a safe and healthy environment where these mentees can gain a meaningful relationship with other youth. Mentors don’t need to have any special background, but just willing to listen, empathize, respect, support, and guide a youth through their life struggles.  Mentors will go through training and be given full support by the program coordinator, so they are able to confidently help support the lives of the group. In addition, volunteer mentors must meet the following criteria:
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Pass fingerprint security screening and background check
  • Complete the 15 hour training (YMCA provided)
  • Commit to a 16 week mentoring group during the fall or spring, or 8 weeks over the summer for 2 hours a week
  • Co-facilitate a mentoring group
  • Check-in weekly with Program Director
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Kyle Coleman, Reach & Rise® Group Mentor Coordinator at