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 blended programming with virtual and in house mentoring. Mentors will host weekly zoom group sessions, mail weekly learning kits, & offer in house 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. At the Y we understand youth face adversity & don’t always have accessibility to resources. 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.

 

Y SOLUTIONS

High School Mentoring Program

For the 2020-2021 school year Y-Solutions will offer blended programming with virtual and in house mentoring. Mentors will host weekly zoom group sessions, mail weekly learning kits, & offer in house academic tutoring.

These programs provide essential support services to at-risk and underserved teens in our community and aim to support youth character development through emotion management, empathy, personal development, relationship building, and responsibility. The programs also strives to expose youth to new career paths, colleges/trade schools, and building other essential life skills.

Guidance counselors select underserved students who have the ability to become leaders. If you would like to apply for the program please fill out the application below. At the Y we understand youth face adversity & don’t always have accessibility to resources. The Y Solutions 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.

 

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 - Monday, September 28th
  • 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