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Redefining Identity through Service & Empowerment (R.I.S.E.)

Youth join the mentoring program by application or referral by a school, parent, or social agency. Upon acceptance, students are enrolled in an 18-week training program called R.I.S.E. 


The 18-week class is based on the group mentoring method that focuses on relationship building, character building, community engagement, and spiritual development. Participants within the R.I.S.E. Program will receive:

  • (1) Group Coaching session per week

  • Dinner during each session

  • (1) Group field Trip

  • (1) Social Activities/Outings

  • RLI Journal for all participants

  • Community Service opportunities 

  • RLI T-Shirt/Sweatshirt & Certificate of Completion

  • Family Assessment through The Bowen Center

  • Temporary YMCA Membership 

To progress to the conclusion of the program, mentees MUST have a participation rate of 90% during the 18-week program. When a student reaches the end of the program, they will attend a graduation where they will receive a certificate of completion, and most of all, they will receive an opportunity to be a part of their local mentoring community.  

Youth who meet regularly with their mentors are:

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)

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)