"An Opportunity for a Second Chance"

Be a Mentor for Someone Special

Make a Difference in a Youth’s Life

What is a Mentor?

"A mentor is a person or friend who guides a less experienced person by building trust and modeling positive behaviors. A mentor should be able to invest in the life of a CGYCA cadet and provide, personal, education, and career guidance after graduation."


Change the world; influence a life one youth at a time!!

General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, who also once served as the Chairman of America's Promise Alliance, says that "children can be angels or devils, depending on the kind of nurturing they receive from others. They can grow into responsible and contributing members of society, or they can become its dependents, predators and outcasts. The whole society has a stake in their destiny and a duty to help them grow up strong and confident."

Who can be a Mentor?

  • May NOT be a parent, step-parent or guardian
  • Must be same sex as cadet being mentored
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must consent to a criminal background check
  • Can commit to volunteer their time for the youth in the program over the 17 ½ months of the program.

What is expected from the Mentor?

  • Complete Mentor training to prepare for the role (provided online)
  • Begin building a relationship with the Cadet by writing weekly and providing encouragement during the 5 ½ months of Residential Phase.
  • Continue the Mentor/Mentee relationship through visits, email or email and telephone during the 12 months post residential phase
    Provide guidance for social development and achievement for the cadet’s goal and objectives after graduation.
  • Submit a monthly progress report to the Challenge Academy’s assigned staff monthly for 12 months beyond the Residential Phase.
  • Undergo a criminal background check conducted by the District of Columbia.

The Capital Guardian Youth Challenge Academy wants to provide youth with an ongoing relationship with a caring adult and a healthy start for a healthy future, are you up for the challenge? If so click here to download a Mentor Application today! 

For more information contact our Mentor Coordinator by calling 202-730-1631 or 202-730-1531, or by email at mentor@cgyca.org .