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Get Involved: YMCA’s Reach & Rise

Be a better you this year by helping at-risk kids have a little (responsible) fun.

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January isn’t just National Mentoring Month—it’s also I Haven’t Given Up On My Resolution Yet Month. If you’ve pledged to be a better person in 2016, we suggest paying tribute to both edicts through the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver’s Reach & Rise program, which pairs at-risk kids with adult volunteers age 23 or older for a year of weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions. Each mentor is connected with a child based on location and mutual interests. From there, plans for your one to three hours of bonding time per week are basically up to you. The local YMCA has participated in the national program for three years, matching 30 kids with mentors. Consider boosting that number by attending the informational session at Aurora’s YMCA Teen Center on January 12. Unless you want to be a resolution-reneger.

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