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YMCA mentorship program seeking participants, volunteers



Reach and Rise, which began in 2013, pairs six kids with two adults.

It’s national mentoring month, and the La Crosse YMCA is still looking for both youth and adults to take part in a mentorship program called Reach and Rise. 

The program will take two adults and pair them with six youths, which is a new twist this year “to help facilitate them learning and participating in things they’re all interested in,” Lisa Luckey with the YMCA said.

Kids in the program, which began in 2013, range in ages between 8-16. 

Luckey says the ones who participate generally have the same story.

“They may not have a super great connection to adults outside their home or need extra support because they have parents that are working,” she said.

For more information, whether you’d like to participate or include a child in the program, click here.


Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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