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REACH & RISE YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM

WHAT IS A "TALL"?

A “Tall” is a mentor who is committed to being a positive role model for a child.

He or she must meet the following requirements:

  • Someone who is at least 21 years old.
  • Someone who is able to spend time with their mentee "Small" at least twice each month.
  • Someone who is willing to stay committed to our program for at least 12 consecutive months.

To ensure the safety of all our participants, especially the children we work with, a formal process is followed to screen all potential mentors (Talls).

  • Application must be filled out
  • 4 References must be provided
  • Background check is done on all applicants
  • Formal interview with the director

Additionally, we encourage new applicants to the program to be specific in the types of activities they enjoy doing, and in many cases activities they would like to try, in order to make each relationship exciting for both parties. Matches are made based on interests, personalities and personal perference from both the Tall and Small. We provide training to both mentors and parents on how to enhance the experience for the child involved.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, or want more information on our program, please contact Brandi Stepanek at bstepanek@aberdeeenymca.org or by calling 225-4910.

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