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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: ereeder@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
Contact: Sarah Izant 
E-mail: enrollment@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)

601 Van Ness Avenue #E234

San Francisco, CA  94102

Telephone: 800-659-6958
Fax: 888-674-9099
Website: www.mixedrootsfoundation.org

Contact: Holly Choon Hyang Bachman

 
The Mixed Roots Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and serves as the first and only national / global multicultural foundationthat cross-sects the international, domestic, and foster care adoption experience. Our vision is to leverage philanthropy and grassroots fundraising to provide important post adoption resources for adoptees and their families.  Our mission is to promote and support organizations that serve as a resource to the diverse adoption and foster care community, create more awareness of the adoption and foster care experience, and inspire future generations of adoptees and foster youth to achieve their dreams and goals through collaboration with likeminded individuals, businesses and organizations in the greater community. The Adoptee Mentor Program (AMP), one of Mixed Roots Foundation’s charter programs, sponsors youth who are adopted and/or in foster care to be matched with adult adoptee mentors that serve as positive role models that promote cultural understanding and self-acceptance of being adopted and/or in foster care 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 
 
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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