Reach and Rise Mentoring Program

We would like to thank the Iron Range Roll committee and 40 Below Marquette County YP for their continued support of our Reach & Rise Program. This year the Iron Range Roll raised $4,750.20, for our program. Reach & Rise provides direct one-to-one mentoring services and creates safe, healthy and meaningful relationships with youth in our community.


The program is designed for youth ages 6 to 17 who are open to the idea of mentoring and whose parent or guardian supports the mentoring relationship. This program serves all youth interested. There is simply no substitute for a human being who is willing to share time, attention, and wisdom from their own life experience. Having a good intentioned, safe mentor like this is priceless. The Reach & Rise Program is supported by a Licensed Professional Counselor and mentors are trained to support youth facing mild emotional and social problems.

The Reach & Rise Mentoring Program connects these children with adult mentors for 12-18 months. As part of program implementation, the Y will recruit and train adult volunteer mentors to provide direct one-to-one mentoring services and create safe, healthy and meaningful relationships with youth. Mentors and mentees will participate in service projects, field trips and other engaging activities. 


The Reach & Rise Mentoring Program was founded in 1992 at the YMCA of San Francisco, and later piloted by five more YMCA locations in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Nashville, Phoenix, and Oakland. At these sites, Reach & Rise has been shown, through evaluation results, to help youth better express their feelings, increase school grades, expect more from themselves, get along better with others, and become more involved in enrichment programs and after-school activities. As part of a national expansion beginning in 2013, the YMCA of Marquette County is one of 38 Ys now offering the program.  


Mentors are volunteers ages 21+, with varied cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds, who wish to make a positive impact on the self-esteem of young people in Marquette County. Mentors commit to spending 1-3 hours per week with their mentee for one full year. The Y is committed to ensuring a safe and caring environment for its youth and will conduct face-to-face screenings as well as provide 15+ hours of paraprofessional counseling training over 4-5 weeks before matching a mentor.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Melissa DeMarse, Reach and Rise Program Director at 906.227.9622.

To begin the application process Click Here

Application Form


The Reach & Rise Mentoring Program serves young people in Marquette County experiencing problems, such as low self-esteem, poor academic progress, peer difficulties, family conflict, and/or poor decision making. Youth in our program come from a wide range of ethnic, socioeconomic, and family backgrounds.

Young people are referred to the program in a number of ways:

  • From school counselors, teachers and principals.
  • From community agencies such as social welfare and counseling agencies.
  • From YMCA programs.
  • From YMCA community, friends, family, and/or self-referrals.

If you know a child who may benefit from the program, please contact Melissa DeMarse

To begin the referral process Click Here

Referral Form

Application Form