The Core of ChalleNGe
Matching the cadets with a caring, responsible mentor is the most critical component of the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy experience. The mentoring relationship begins in the Residential Phase (first 5 1/2 months) and continues for a full year during the Post-Residential Phase of the program. Not only is mentoring important for the development of these young men and women, but the academy is required by the National Guard Bureau and Congress to report on the progress of cadets during the Post-Residential Phase. This progress is documented by mentors in monthly reports submitted to the academy.
Mentoring has always existed and has always been effective. There is really nothing mystical or magical about being a mentor or why mentoring works so well. Every successful person has had mentors in his or her life. It could be a teacher, a coach, a neighbor, a relative, a co-worker, an AA or NA sponsor, or a minister. What we have achieved in our lives is due, in part to the mentors in our lives.
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