The Power of a Mentor

Now more than ever, youth are in desperate need of positive role models; someone to support them, guide them, and let them know they matter. Through a positive mentoring relationship, you can have a direct and lasting impact on a young person's life.

The Y offers two mentoring programs: Reach & Rise and Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y. Both programs match adult volunteers to young people ages 6-18, who need the presence of responsible and caring adults in their lives. We provide training and a complimentary Y membership for you and your mentee so you can participate in the many fun and enriching opportunities at the Y. 

We accept new mentors (and mentees) everyday. If you understand the power one positive adult can have in the life of a young person, BECOME A Y MENTOR and help build the futures of Central Maryland's youth.

Reach & Rise is a series of mentoring programs where adult volunteers are trained to develop safe, healthy and significant relationships with youth to impact their lives in positive ways. All mentors must be age 21 or older and pass a background check. All mentors will receive comprehensive training before being paired with a mentee. <

One-on-One Mentoring

A year long mentoring opportunity for youth ages 6-17. Mentors and mentees meet two hours a week at a Y Center. Participate in Y activities like open swim, rock wall, and open gym, sit and talk about whatever's on your mind, get help with homework, and more.

Mentors and mentees receive a complimentary one-year youth or adult membership to the Y while in the program.

Group Mentoring

A 12-week program for youth ages 8-15. Two volunteer mentors are paired with six youth mentees. Volunteers provide group mentoring services and create safe, healthy and meaningful relationships within the group.

This program is ideal for adult mentors who may prefer volunteering with a spouse, partner or friend.

Badges for Baseball

A 13-week program for youth ages 10-14 that meets once a week in the Spring and Fall. Volunteers and law enforcement officers use sports like baseball to break down barriers and open up lines of communication.

If you are interested in volunteering as an adult mentor in Reach & Rise program (or know a child you’d like to refer to a program), please contact Rhea Butler, MSW, Regional Coordinator, at 410-615-6522 or

Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y is Maryland's largest volunteer mentoring network with over 600 mentor/mentee matches. Through this program we make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6-18, in Baltimore City and the five surrounding counties.

Get involved! The action that you take today will change a child's life for the better, forever.

Get details here about Big Brothers Big Sisters at the Y.