F or the Youth Challenge program, mentoring is a supportive one-to-one relationship between an adult and an at-risk youth developed to facilitate the youth’s educational, social and personal growth, allowing the youth to become a responsible, productive and contributing member of his or her community and of society as a whole.
Each student is matched with an Academy-approved mentor. Two mentor prospects are nominated by the student and/or parents/guardians. One will serve as the primary prospect and the other as an alternate. A trained and matched mentor provides assistance and guidance to the Challenge graduate during the 12-month Post-Residential Phase.
The Youth Challenge Academy mentor is key to a graduate’s successful transition to employment and/or continuing education. An established goal for all students is to complete a Post-Residential Action Plan (P-RAP). This plan is a guide for the Mentor and the Cadet to follow after graduation.