All young people have the potential to be successful and responsible members of society; however, without advice, friendships, reinforcement and support of a mentor to flourish they could stumble. That is why mentor are so vital to the success of WCCA graduates. With the assistance of a mentor, these young people can succeed no matter what their previous or future circumstances may be. To be eligible to be a mentor you must:
- Must be 21 years of age or older
- Must be the same gender as the cadet
- Must reside in reasonable distance/geographic proximately to the cadet
- Must not be a member of the immediate family/same household as the cadet (sibling, parent, step-parent)
- Must be a legal resident or citizen of the United States
A mentor must be willing to:
- Complete and submit a written mentor application
- Agree to a State and Federal criminal background check to include a sex offender registry check
- Attend one mentor training days at WCCA. Please see our calendar for the available dates.
- Make weekly contact by phone, mail/email, or face-to-face with their cadet during the program’s 12 month Post Residential Phase
- Mail, email, or fax a monthly mentor report to WCCA once a month for the 12 month Post Residential Phase
Mentor Training Day
WCCA offers between 4-5 Mentor Training Days during the Residential Phase to accommodate the individual schedules of prospective mentors. Prospective mentors are only required to attend one Mentor Training Day. Please see our calendar to view the Mentor Training dates. During Mentor Training, you will get the opportunity to network with each other. Mentors all have the opportunity to meet the staff who will be supporting you and your cadet and tour our facilities. Please contact us if none of the mentor training dates work for you so we can discuss other options.
Mentor responsibilities during the Post Residential Phase
As a WCCA Mentor, you are are expected to maintain weekly contact with your cadet during the Residential Phase and all 12 months of the Post-Residential Phase. During the Residential Phase letter writing and weekly telephone calls are the primary communication method. Once you are matched, you are encouraged to visit your cadet at WCCA; however, regular visits are not required.
Once your cadet graduates and enters the Post-Residential Phase, the mentor maintains contact with their cadet at least four times per month. At least 2 of these contacts must be face-to-face. At the end of each month a Mentor Report must be submitted to the cadet’s casemanager/mentoring staff. The monthly Mentor Report provides information regarding the weekly contact, any problems, changes or progress the cadet is experiencing. A mentor is in charge of documenting these contacts on the monthly Mentor Report and submitting by mail, fax, or email to:
Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy
PO Box 697
Guernsey, Wy 82214
Mentors need to document placement activity. Placement activity is defines as working, going to school (secondary, college, trade, etc.), or entering the military. The graduate needs to do one of these activities or a combination of these activates equaling at least 25 hours to qualify as “placed.” Placement is important because it defines a program’s success and enforces that WCCA is upholding their mission.