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Reach and Rise Mentoring Program
Urban Services YMCA 
1426 Fillmore St., Suite 204
San Francisco, CA 94115
Telephone: 415-561-0631x102
Contact: Eryn Reeder
E-mail: mentoring@ymcasf.org

The Reach and Rise mission is to help at-risk youth overcome personal, social, and family challenges through a positive adult-child relationship. Reach and Rise offers 1-to-1 mentoring to at-risk youth in San Francisco/Marin/San Mateo/Alameda counties. We help children develop tools to cope with issues such as low self-esteem, family and peer conflicts, academic underachievement, and decision-making skills. We are unique in that we provide a 15-hour paraprofessional training to all mentors before matching, which prepares them to work successfully with at-risk youth by developing relationship-building skills, exploring issues facing at-risk youth, and strategies to handle difficult situations. Thorough ongoing support is provided by the coordinator who is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern.

 
Program Type: Community-based
Mentoring focus: Social-emotional support; Tutoring/academic; Sports/recreation
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring
Mentee ages: 6 - 18
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 1 - 3 hours per week
Length of commitment: 12 months
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area
649 Mission Street, Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: 415-503-4050
Fax: 415-503-4051
Website: www.bbbsba.org
Contact: Dolores Santa Cruz
E-mail: info@bbbsba.org

Our Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better...forever.

Program Type: Community-based; School-based; Site-based
Mentoring focus: Social-emotional support
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring
 (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 6 - 16
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 4 - 12 hours per month
Length of commitment: 12 months
Mixed Roots Foundation
Adoptee Mentor Program (AMP)
795 Folsom St., 1st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94107
Telephone: 800-659-6958
Fax: 888-674-9099
Website: www.mixedrootsfoundation.org 
Contact: Ellen Moore, Volunteer Director
 
The Mixed Roots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is the first and only global multicultural adoptee-led foundation (all board members are adopted) that cross-sects the international, domestic, and foster care adoption experience. Our mission is to promote and support organizations that serve as a resource to the adoptee community, create more awareness of the adoption experience, and inspire the next generation of adoptees to become leaders in the community.  For the past four years, the Adoptee Mentor Program (AMP), Mixed Roots charter program, matches youth who are adopted with adult adoptee mentors that serve as positive role models that promote cultural understanding and acceptance of being adopted as well as participate in educational and multicultural program events and activities.
 
Program Type: Community-based
Mentoring focus: 
Social-emotional support; Tutoring/academic; Career development
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 7 - 17
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 2 - 4 contacts per month
Length of commitment: 12 months
A Home Within
2255 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Telephone: 415-621-1749
Fax: 415-294-9020
Website: www.ahomewithin.org
Contact: Saralyn Ruff
 
A Home Within seeks to break the cycle of chronic loss experienced by so many foster youth with a simple, scalable model. We believe that every foster child deserves to have a healthy, stable relationship with at least one caring adult.
 
Program Type: Community-based
Mentoring focus: 
Social-emotional support
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: any ages, as long as they are or were in the foster care system
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: N/A
Length of commitment: N/A - individual psychotherapy
Be A Mentor, Inc.
714 B Street
Hayward, CA 94541
Telephone: 510-795-6488
Fax: 866-498-3620
Website: 
www.beamentor.org 
Contact: Laurie Flores
 
Be A Mentor, Inc. is dedicated to serving the youth population by providing direct mentoring services and technical support to school districts and other youth agencies through our Volunteer Management System. We want to connect interested volunteers to projects to help enhance the educational and social experience for students.
 
Program Type: Community-based
Mentoring focus: Social-emotional support, tutoring/academic
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring (1 mentor for every 1 mentee)
Mentee ages: 7 - 18 years old
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 4 - 8 hours per month
Length of commitment: 12 months
Volunteers of America Northern California Northern Nevada
Foster A Dream 
638 Escobar Street
Martinez, CA 94553
Telephone: 925-228-0200
Fax: 925-228-0202
Website: 
www.fosteradream.org and www.voa-ncnn.org
Contact: Erin McDonnell
 
Foster A Dream was founded in July of 2002, by Lori Cohee, a former foster youth. In 2012, we merged with Volunteers of America Northern California Northern Nevada. Our program goal is to invest in helping foster children become productive citizens and sustain self sufficiency by helping them identify their dreams and see that they go from fantasy to reality. Not only do we seek to prepare foster youth for that adult world, but we seek to preserve for them a childhood – with hopes, dreams and celebrations – that they may otherwise have lost.
 
Program Type: Community-based
Mentoring focus: Social-emotional support, tutoring/academic, career development, sports/recreation
Mentoring ratio: 1:1 mentoring (1 mentor for every 1 mentee) and group mentoring (1 mentor for every 3 mentees)
Mentee ages: 13 - 24 years old
Mentee genders: male and female
Time commitment: 4 hours per month minimum
Length of commitment: 12 months minimum
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