Y mentoring programs help youth realize their full potential. We work every day to help youth set and achieve their personal and educational goals. As a result, children and teens gain confidence as they recognize the Y as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable exploring new interests and passions. 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 his or her community.
Winning the game of life - area youth are learning to do that through the Y Winners program. Our Y Winners gain life skills by getting out of their neighborhoods and involved in the greater community. Y Winners meet once a week for new learning experiences that help them consider what they want their lives to be about. Youth encounter challenges that help them set goals and make decisions about their futures. Y Winners are chosen with the help of school counselors and teachers. The Y Winners program is funded completely by the generous support of our community. There is no cost to the participating families.
Y Solutions is a mentoring program for at-risk students in Rock Island middle and high schools. Guidance counselors select students who have the ability to become leaders. Y Solutions provides a safe place for these students to develop good character that in turn will develop them into leaders. The goals of this program are for youth to recognize education as an essential foundation for success, have a noticeable change in attitude and behavior, set goals, and have an improved outlook on life.