youth mentoring

Youth Mentoring Programs

The Harrisburg Area YMCA offers youth mentoring groups for children. Our mentoring groups help them engage in positive relationships and develop new life skills. We provide knowledge, character growth, and guidance to help youth realize their life potential. Mentoring helps build self-confidence, self-esteem, and allows them to create their own goals. Studies show that youth with mentors had a better rapport, social conduct, and healthier friendships.

We provide programs that provide a safe climate for Harrisburg Area youth and teens to connect with one another. Partnered with Dauphin County, the Harrisburg Area YMCA has built programs that keep kids off the streets. They engage them in projects that will change their future!

Camp Curtin YMCA - Man Up and Sisters Helping Sisters

The Camp Curtin YMCA’s Man Up and Sisters Helping Sisters youth mentoring programs collaborate directly with Dauphin County Children & Youth and Dauphin County Juvenile Probation to provide youth with a place to learn the skills they need to live healthy and productive lives.

Our purpose is to empower inner-city youth in our community to reach their goals by providing them with guidance and positive direction in developing independent living skills, which will help enrich their life experiences. Our program is designed to assist youth with improving self-esteem, social competence, and reducing high-risk behaviors. We focus on providing our youth with meaningful relationships with professional adults who are dedicated to our youth.

Community referrals are accepted for additional information or to make a community referral please contact the Camp Curtin YMCA at (717) 238-9622.

Camp Curtin YMCA - Girls AIM and Boys LEAD

The Girls A.I.M. (All In Motion) and Boys L.E.A.D. (Learn, Evolve, Aspire, Do) are group mentoring programs for youth ages 8-12. Girls AIM helps young girls build a positive self-image and sets them on a path to reach their full potential in life. The Boys LEAD program helps young men and boys by providing them with social skills and activities which will foster leadership. Both programs focus on physical activity, balanced eating, and self-development.

Current/Upcoming Session: September 13–October 29, 2021

  • Girls A.I.M. takes place every Tuesday & Thursday from 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Boys L.E.A.D. takes place every Tuesday & Thursday from 4:30-5:30 PM

Area-Wide Membership required, or a program fee may apply. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For more information, please contact the Camp Curtin YMCA at (717) 238-9622.

Camp Curtin YMCA - Little Leaders


Little Leaders is a NEW! group mentoring program at the Camp Curtin YMCA for boys and girls ages 4-7. It’s focused on building a positive self-image, instilling healthy behaviors, and developing a skill set that prepares young children for success in and out of school settings.

WHEN: Monday & Thursday, 6:00-7:00 PM
COST: This program is FREE for Camp Curtin YMCA members.

East Shore YMCA - Hope in Handball

We believe the values and skills learned early in life are vital building blocks for quality of life. The Hope in Handball program reaches out to at-risk kids to help them learn life skills from adult mentors as they learn a new sport. They learn about sportsmanship, and more importantly, how to be themselves. That makes for confident kids today and contributing and engaged adults tomorrow. Family involvement is encouraged.

Mentors and kids gather at the handball courts at the East Shore YMCA on Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00 PM. The program targets 8 – 18 year-olds and is free to qualifying kids. Contact the Camp Curtin YMCA for more information at (717) 232-9622.

Northern Dauphin County YMCA

The Northern Dauphin County YMCA Mentoring Program is for students in Grades K-12 in local school districts. At-risk students are referred by the school district and are paired with same-gender volunteer mentors from our community.

The qualifications to become a mentor include:

  • Individual must be at least 18 years of age
  • Individual must have a valid PA Driver’s License
  • Individual must have two background clearances (criminal/child abuse)
  • Current CPR and first aid certification (recommended)

Be a positive impact on a child or teen’s life today. For more information about the mentoring program, please contact Danielle Mace at (717) 362-9494 or by email at

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