Mentors - Fort Gordon


The Core Of ChalleNGe

Matching cadets with a caring, responsible mentor is one of the most important components of the Fort Gordon Youth Challenge Academy experience. The relationship between the cadet and mentor is arguably the most important relationship of the Challenge program. The mentor acts as an anchor of support to the cadet during their 5 month residential phase and continues supporting him/her throughout their 12 month post-residential phase (a total of 17 months). Details on the mentoring responsibilities are fully communicated in the mandatory Mentor Training session. The Fort Gordon Youth Challenge Academy offers this training multiple times each class, only requiring mentors to attend ONE session.

Mentors must be:

- At least 21 years of age
- The same gender as their cadet
- Within reasonable geographic proximity
- Not of the same household, immediate family or Challenge staff or spouses
- Able to successfully pass a criminal background check
- Able to attend the mandatory Mentor Training (Fort Gordon, GA)
- A good role model who demonstrates by example the type of life skills, work ethics, and attitudes necessary to be a productive member of society.

We expect our mentors to:

- Write/E-mail their cadet encouragement throughout the 5 month residential phase
- Make consistent monthly contacts with their cadet throughout the 12 month post-residential phase (beginning immediately following graduation)
- Provide guidance for positive social development
- Assist your cadet as he/she works to meet their goals

Mentor Application

Below, we have provided a link to access the Mentor Application. You will need to print the application, making certain to include your cadet's name at the top of each page, and submit it to our admissions office:

Youth Challenge Academy
Georgia National Guard
Building 13540, P.O. Box 3610
Fort Stewart, GA 31315

Fort Gordon Mentor Application Fort Gordon Mentor Application

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***If your cadet is already at the Fort Gordon Youth Challenge campus (meaning the in-take, admissions processing has ended and you are either updating or changing mentors), we ask that you fax your mentor application directly to the Fort Gordon Youth Challenge Academy Post-Residential Department (706) 791-2767.

All individuals volunteering to be a mentor MUST ATTEND A MANDATORY MENTOR TRAINING. Individuals will receive training in program requirements, supervision and guidance of at-risk youth, available support resources, and their role as a Youth Challenge Mentor. Mentors will receive more information regarding training after the candidate has been accepted into a Challenge program. Although offered multiple times each class cycle, mentors are only required to attend ONE training session.

For the upcoming class, beginning in March 2016, we have selected the following dates for mentor training:

Mentor Training dates for the current class

Saturday, April 21, 2018
YCA Campus (Ft. Gordon, GA) 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Alexander Hall (Ft. Gordon, GA) 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Alexander Hall (Ft. Gordon, GA) 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Saturday, June 9, 2018
Alexander Hall (Ft. Gordon, GA) 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Mentor Letter 18-04 Mentor Letter 18-04

*The physical address to Alexander Hall: 29805 Chamberlain Ave Fort Gordon, GA 30905. The physical address to YCA is 574 40th Street Fort Gordon, GA 30905.

We do require our mentors to RSVP for the training session they are planning to attend. If you are a prospective mentor, you can call 706-823-8028 to provide your RSVP. Your RSVP helps to ensure that your cadet is available to participate with you on the day you are planning to attend.

NOTE: All training sessions begin promptly at 9:00 AM. We ask that our mentors properly prepare to arrive no later than 8:45 AM. The training and matching ceremony will be complete, no later than 12:00 PM. Following the Mentor Training/Matching Ceremony, mentors will be given the opportunity to sign-out their cadet for a 4 hour pass. While we do understand that all mentors are not able to give the full 4 hours, we do ask that our mentors make arrangements to spend some time with their mentee following the training/matching ceremony.

If you are committed to being a great mentor, but know in advance that you will be unable to attend the training dates provided, please proactively connect with us so that other arrangements for you and your cadet can be explored.

Mentor Report

During the 12 month post-residential phase, it is critical that our program gets accurate information on each of the program graduates. Our mentors are a key part of getting this information. Monthly reports on graduates directly impact the program funding. We offer a few options to make reporting convenient to our mentors.

The link below will allow you to complete the monthly mentor report, as a Microsoft Word Document, save it and e-mail it directly to your Post-Residential Assistant (all contact e-mails below, under Your Support Team).

Mentor Report Mentor Report

Click Here To Send Mentor Report

Your Support Team

The Post-Residential Department

Mrs. Shirley Howard
Post-Residential Assistant-Platoon One (Amazon Warriors)

Mr. William Lewis
Post-Residential Assistant- Platoon Two (Wolf pack)

Ms. Myrtle Hall
Post-Residential Assistant-Platoon Three (Mustangs)

Ms. Kimberly Howard
Post-Residential Supervisor

Ms. Vanessa Dunn
Post-Residential (Tech)

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