The Bluegrass Challenge Academy uses a Youth Initiated Mentoring match; when applicants apply to the program they identify potential Mentors from their local community.
Mentors are formally screened and trained prior to ceremonial matching with their Mentees to begun fostering their newly defined relationship and communication about the Cadet's future plans. Once formally matched, the Cadet and Mentor are allowed to spend off-site time together, often performing service to community or exploring job and school options.
The mentoring relationship forms the core of a youth's Post-Residential ChalleNGe experience. It is within the safety of this relationship that a young person can evaluate what was learned in ChalleNGe and apply it to real life.
Qualifications To Be A Mentor:
• Be at least 21 years old, and the same gender at the candidate
• Be able to successfully pass a criminal background check
• Can not live in the same house as the candidate, be the girlfriend/boyfriend's parent, the employer of the candidate, or his/her parent or guardian (Grandparents, Aunts/Uncles are eligible to be a mentor)
• Capable of being a role model who demonstrated by example the types of life-skills, work-ethics and attitudes needed to be a productive member of society.