Mentors Make the Difference:

The video below shows how mentors make the difference in the lives of young people. View to see how mentoring supports the goals of ChalleNGe through the real-life stories of Cadets experiencing the Program, staff supporting the Cadets, and experts in the field of mentoring.

What is Mentoring?

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Mentoring is a positive one-on-one relationship between a youth and an adult that provides emotional support, advice, and guidance to help the younger person deal with the challenges of life. The goal is to help the young person gain the skills and confidence to deal with those situations and be able and responsible to make good choices in the future. Examples of challenges and situations where a Mentor’s advice and guidance could be important, if not critical, include: making education and career choices; seeking, performing, and holding a job; managing personal finances; owning a home or renting an apartment; teen pregnancy and parenting skills; substance abuse; etc. Your role is not to replace a parent or guardian, but to provide additional information and perspectives. The two most important contributions of a IDYCA mentor are: listening and time investment.