The future needs you

A mentor is a guide

A mentor is a critical aspect of the Kentucky Youth Challenge Program. Mentors provide our graduates with the real world guidance they need to keep their goals on track long after graduation.

A tool for the future

What is a mentor?

A mentor is a person who is assigned to a graduate of our Youth Challenge Programs who will serve as a guide post for their life after ChalleNGe. A mentor is a member of the cadet’s community who has a vested interest in seeing the cadet succeed. A mentor can be anyone from a teacher to a coach or a pastor.

Mentors are a critical aspect of our program that bolster the success of our graduates. Mentors lend encouragement and guidance to graduates when they set out from our doors and take the first steps towards their dreams. 


Great! You want to be a mentor


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  •  At least 21 years of age
  •  Not of the same sex of the cadet
  •  Not live in the same household as the cadet
  •  Live in the same general area ofthe cadet
  • Not be immediate family of the cadet
  •  Never convicted as a sex offender, have no felony record, and free from illagal substances

Service brings responsibility


Mentors are required to perform a few duties and tasks once selected. A mentor will be required to sumbit monthly reports on their mentees in regards to their progress. Mentors will also be required to complete a mentor training and matching ceremony prior to being assigned to a cadet. 

On top of all of this, you are required to be a guidepost for your mentee. You have stepped forward and shown a desire to help and in uncertain times, you may be the only one a mentee feels thay can call on. Its up to you to shepherd them to their goals.

Help them to a better tomorrow

How to apply

Once you have made the impactful decision to become a mentor, there are a few options you have to apply.

You can visit the program specific sites of our academies and follow the online registration. 

You can reach out to our academies and speak to a Post Residential Coordinator.

You can use the contact form on this site to get us a message so that we can reach out to you and start the process.

Become a Mentor

A new journey begins

What’s next

Once your application has been received, you will be contacted by a post residential specialist to carry out further steps. Mentors will be required to complete a training that reinforces what the mentor program is. This can be done online or in person. You will then attend a formal matching ceremony for you and your mentee prior to their graduation. Once graduated, you will be asked to submit monthly reports on your mentee’s progress.

Invest in the future

Become a mentor. Take an active roll in shaping the future of Kentucky as well as the nation. Mentors are one of the most important aspects of our program. We’re truly not complete without you.

Plan your success!

Contact Us Today

If you or someone you know could benefit from our services, please reach out to us today to begin the steps towards a successful future. If you have questions that need answers, please reach out to us today. If you’re still on the fence or otherwise unsure, let us help you navigate this life changing decision. We eagerly await the opportunity to help.

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