THE MENTOR PROCESS
Battle Born Youth ChalleNGe Academy Mentor Applications
What's expected of a mentor for a BBYCA student?
- Submitting an application that provides all requested information. Mentor Applications are available here on our website.
- BBYCA staff will review the application and references and coordinate the required background check.
- Attend one (1) mandatory, half-day training session (3 hours), either at BBYCA in Carlin, NV, at one of the regional trainings, or virtually. You will be trained on BBYCA specific requirements of the Mentoring Program. This training will be offered on scheduled dates posted on our Events Calendar.
- Maintain weekly contact with the student/Mentee during the 5-1/2 month Residential Phase, primarily via letter.
- After graduation, maintain weekly contact with the student/Mentee for the next 12 months, with a minimum of four (4) hours of contact each month. Once a month, you’ll submit a short report of the student/Mentee’s progress. After graduation is when the student/Mentee needs you the most, and your time investment is most critical to their continuing development and future success.
- IF YOU CANNOT MEET THESE EXPECTATIONS, PLEASE DO NOT APPLY.
Goals of mentoring a student/graduate of the BBYCA
- Create a positive one-on-one relationship, built on trust, honesty, and open communication.
- Maintain regular/on-going contact with the student throughout the Program, to help them keep their focus and effort in building, implementing, and attaining the goals they set for themselves while attending the Academy.
- Help the student understand and embrace the positive qualities and traits of a responsible citizen and a successful student, employee, parent, etc.
- Be a listener. Earn the Cadet’s trust. Provide advice and guidance, as the student makes decisions and deals with the inevitable issues and challenges of life.
Mandatory Eligibility Requirements to be a Mentor
- Should be at least 25 years old. (Some exceptions apply. Former graduates must be at least 21 years old.)
- Must be of the same gender/sex as the student/applicant.
- Mentor cannot be an immediate relative, either by marriage or bloodline, or someone living in the same household.
- Mentor must live within a reasonable distance to where the student/applicant will live during the Post- Residential Phase (usually their hometown or not more than 50 miles). This is to minimize travel.
- Willing to MEET EXPECTATIONS OUTLINED ABOVE, for up to 17-½ months, with four (4) contacts per month, including four (4) hours of personal contact each month during the Post-Residential Phase.
- A history of arrest or conviction for a sex offense.
- A felony conviction within the last seven years (case-by-case consideration beyond that).
- Any alcohol, drug, or substance abuse within the last five years.
- A history of domestic violence (reports, charges, convictions).
- Failure to follow through on commitments with previous BBYCA or other NGYCP mentorship obligations.
Submitting an Application
Printable Mentor Applications