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What is a Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy Mentor?    

    A mentor is a person or friend who guides a less experienced person by building trust and modeling positive behaviors. An effective mentor understands that his or her role is to be dependable, engaged, authentic, and tuned into the needs of the mentee.

   The Post Residential phase, also known as the Mentor Phase, begins during the residential phase and continues for one year after the Mentee successfully completes the residential phase. Mentors are people ages 21 and over who volunteer at least one hour a week to a Mentee that has successfully completed the 20-week Residential Phase. Before an applicant can be enrolled, he or she must provide two mentor applications to the program. The mission of a CGYCA Mentor is to identify the goals that the graduate has set during the Residential Phase and then to successfully assist that graduate in integrating those goals into real achievements. The goal of mentoring is to help young people gain the skills and confidence to be responsible for their future in academic and occupational endeavors. The mentor relationship begins in the 3rd week of the Residential Phase. At that time there is a Mentor / Mentee Matching Ceremony. From week 3 until the end of the Residential Phase, the mentor and the Mentee correspond by way of letter writing. The mentorship phase involves weekly meetings between a Youth Challenge graduate and the responsible adult mentor from their Residential phase. Each mentor is screened and trained prior to meeting with the Mentee. The mentor becomes a friend and advisor for the young person. In short, the mentor is there to help the Youth ChalleNGe Mentee to become a responsible, contributing member of society.

   Two completed Mentor Applications must accompany the completed Enrollment Application. The Enrollment Application will not be unconditionally approved without 2 completed Mentor Applications on file at CGYCA. Immediate family members cannot be mentors. Mentors must be the same gender as the applicant.

   According to juvenile justice experts, mentoring is one of the most important aspects of juvenile crime prevention. For more information on what a mentor is, please go to Mentoring.org (Find a Mentor).  The key to success is follow-up and accountability. CGYCA is always recruiting new mentors for its graduating cadets. If you or someone you know would like to become a CGYCA Mentor, please call: (202) 730-1631.