Mentor Questions?




Tabatha Cyboron

Mentor Coordinator



Phone: 505-476-2506


Mentoring...the Core of Youth ChalleNGe


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, 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 they begin the transition to employment, continuing education, vocational training, or military. 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 are encouraged to visit their cadets while the cadets are in residence at NMYCA. During the Post-Residential Phase, mentors must have a minimum of 4 hours of contact per month with their 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)

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