Mentor Component

The primary goal of the mentoring component is to assess and match each cadet with an unrelated adult in the community in an effort to develop a sustained relationship. The cadet and family are asked to nominate a volunteer from their community to be the cadet’s   mentor. This adult acts as a friend, companion, supporter, and role model to the cadet while engaging in activities of mutual interest. The mentor reinforces the new skills of the cadets and acts as a catalyst to personal growth and achievement. Mentors are asked to help guide and counsel the cadet as he or she begins the   transition to employment, higher education, vocational training, military or completing the high school diploma. Mentoring is an act of community building. Mentors are entrusted with molding a young person into a contributing and productive member of society. Mentoring is the process of sharing personal knowledge, experience and skills with a less experienced youth. It is a big but rewarding commitment. Mentors will visit their cadets approximately three timers (all day Saturday or Sunday) while the cadets are in residence at Fort McCoy. During the Post-Residential Phase, mentors must have a minimum of 4 hours of contact per month with his or her cadet. Mentors are required to submit monthly reports to the Challenge Academy, providing information on the progress of cadets on the Post-Residential Action Plans (P-RAP). Mentors and cadets are required to do one service to community project each quarter of the Post-Residential Phase.