Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset.

  • Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
  • Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)
  • In addition to better school attendance and a better chance of going on to higher education, mentored youth maintain better attitudes toward school. (The Role of Risk, 2013)
  • 46% less likely than their peers to start using illegal drugs and 27% less likely to start drinking. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
  • Mentoring promotes positive social attitudes and relationships. Mentored youth tend to trust their parents more and communicate better with them. (The Role of Risk, 2013)



Reach & Rise offers two FREE mentoring programs through the Dubuque Community YMCA/YWCA: individual and group mentoring.

  • Trained adult mentors are matched with youth to help youth improve relationships, self-confidence, sense of belonging, sense of achievement, and increase access and linkage to other services.
  • Services will help youth:
    • express emotions in positive ways
    • develop the skills they need to grow into productive adults
    • Improve youth connectedness to community/employment
    • Improve youth connectedness to families/schools
    • Increase opportunities for non-familial adults to develop healthy relationships with youth.
  • Mental Health Professionals or Social Workers are responsible for recruiting, screening, training, supporting and monitoring volunteer mentors.
  • Mentors are meant to serve as role models, friends, and confidants. They’re another source of support for your child. They are not meant to take the role of a parent, babysitter, or financier.


1:1 Mentoring Program


Group Mentoring Program