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BUILDING CHARACTER, CREATING STRONG LEADERS

Mentoring Programs at the YMCA help teens develop their character and realize their full potential. Character Development is the process for cultivating the values, attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors that prepare youth to thrive in learning, in work, and in life. Our mentors intentionally focus on these five areas when interacting with the teen mentees: emotion management, empathy, relationship building, responsibility, and personal development.

We work every day to help youth set and achieve their personal and educational goals. Through our leadership and mentoring programs, we make sure that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future, and to take an active role in strengthening their community.

For the 2020-2021 school year we are still committed to offering free teen mentoring for underserved and at-risk youth in our community, in the past both Y Winners and Y Solutions have taken place during the school year through weekly in-person activities. This year, things are changing a bit. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the restrictions currently in place, and those expected to be in place for the foreseeable future, we have made important changes to our teen mentoring programs which are described below. Right now, teens are trying to combat negative influences, often without a stable home environment and without the accountability that in-person mentoring and schooling provides.

To learn more about mentoring programs please contact Director of Youth Achievement Daisy Moran 309-797-3945 or dmoran@ymcatr.org

Y WINNERS

Middle School Mentoring Program

For the 2020-2021, school Y-Winners will offer virtual mentoring. Mentors will host weekly zoom group sessions, mail weekly learning kits, & offer academic tutoring. Students are chosen with the help of school counselors. If you would like to apply for the program please fill out the application below. The Y Winners program is funded completely by the generous support of our community. There is no cost to the participating families.

Y Winners is currently offered to students at Edison, Washington, Wilson, Glenview, & John Deere Middle schools.

• Weekly Virtual group meetings 
• Virtual one-on-one mentoring by appointment
• Virtual homework tutoring by appointment
• Monthly self-care kits
• Monthly Virtual employer zoom visits

Apply Online

 

Y SOLUTIONS

High School Mentoring Program

For the 2020-2021 school year, Y-Solutions will offer virtual mentoring. Mentors will host weekly zoom group sessions, academic tutoring & mail weekly learning kits. The program is funded completely by the generous support of our community. There is no cost to the participating families. Y Solutions is currently offered to students in Rock Island High School & United Township High School. 


• Weekly Virtual group meetings 
• Virtual one-on-one mentoring by appointment
• Virtual homework tutoring by appointment
• Monthly self-care kits
• Monthly Virtual employer zoom visits

apply online

 

YOUTH & GOVERNMENT

High School Leadership Development Program

Students immerse themselves in all aspects of Illinois government by assuming roles of legislators, attorneys, executive officials, lobbyists, press members and more.  The culmination of each program year is a 3 day conference in Springfield, IL where students debate issues using the actual Illinois Capitol and Supreme Court facilities. For the 2020-2021 school year the program will be offered virtually.


2020-2021 program dates:

  • Informational Meeting - Tuesday, September 8th
  • Pre-Legislative Training – Saturday, November 7th
  • Pre-Legislative Training – Saturday, December 5th
  • 71st Assembly in Springfield – March 5th – 7th

 

YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

Leadership Program for ages 15-24

Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is a five-month program with extensive leadership training and volunteer opportunities through YMCA programs and services to the community. In addition to developing leadership skills, participants will earn a Leadership Certificate to include on college applications and job resumes.

Participants will:

  • meet monthly for workshops and with their leadership coach
  • design their personal development plan
  • participate in 1 team project
  • participate in 1 community project
  • create their own personal interest project
  • create a leadership ePortfolio
  • earn a Leadership Certificate at the completion ceremony

 

GLOBAL CHANGE AGENTS

Leadership Program for ages 15-19

Global Change Agents program is a global leadership development program to empower young leaders as change-makers in their own communities The leadership program is currently offered to students in High School in Rock Island County. The program is funded completely by the generous support of The Beacon Funds. There is no cost to the participating families.

Two Rivers Y was one of ten YMCA's selected by YMCA of the USA, national resource office, to participate in this program in collaboration with New American Economy. We are very fortunate and excited to have been granted this ability to empower youth & build bridges between their peers. Youth will learn more about their family history in fun social activities, discover more about the immigration experience in America, and be skilled to deliver a civic engagement project to bring back into our community!

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