Cadets select a mentor from their community who will keep in contact with them during the Resident Phase and become an active part in their success during the following Post Resident Phase. The primary goal of the Mentor Program is to assess and match each cadet with an adult in their community in an effort to develop a sustaining and nurturing relationship. The mentor aids the cadet in maintaining the skills and knowledge gained in the Resident Phase, as well as aiding in the implementation of the cadet's Post Residential Action Plan (PRAP).

 How to Become a Lincoln's ChalleNGe Mentor

The first step is to complete a Mentor Application.  To become a mentor, you must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Same gender as Cadet
  • Able to pass a background check
  • Live within a reasonable geographic  proximity to the Cadet
  • Sign a Mentor Contract and Agreement
  • Attend Mentor Training/Match Session
  • Commit to working with Cadet through the post residency phase (the 12 months after graduation) of the program
  • Unrelated to and/or not living in same household as Cadet

By policy a mentor cannot live in the same household or be the immediate family: mother, father, step mother or father, brother or sister includes (step), mother or father’s significant other, foster parent or legal guardian.  Additionally a mentor cannot be a Challenge Staff member, their spouse or significant other.

If you meet, and understand these criteria you can begin the formal application process.  

If you know a youth that is applying to Lincoln's Challenge, you may include your application with that of the youth's. If you do not know a youth that is applying, you may submit an application, and we will match you with a youth from your area.   

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John Linderman Mentor Coordinator


Role of the Mentor
The role of the mentor is to serve as a role model, friend and advocate to a cadet. Mentoring involves a one-on-one relationship between a youth and an adult wherein consistent support and guidance are provided. During the Resident Phase, the mentor maintains contact (telephone and letters) with their cadet in an effort to provide support and guidance through this somewhat difficult time.

The mentor is also informed of the cadet's plans upon graduation so that they may be able to better guide and assist them during the Post Resident Phase. The mentor aids cadets in maintaining the basic value and lifestyle changes introduced in the Residential Phase of the program.

The goal of the Post Residential Phase is to build on these initial successes and to encourage continued growth and change. The mentor is essential to assist these young adults to maximize their individual potential.  The goal of the Mentor is to aid the youth in attaining, as well as maintaining, the skills and confidence needed to become a responsible young adult. This will culminate in the youth's desire and ability to succeed in educational and employment opportunities.