Louisiana Youth Challenge


Upon completion of the 5 month Residential Phase, graduates return to their home communities and enter the 12 month Post Residential Phase.  During this year, YCP case managers and specially trained community mentors assist cadets to put their goals into action.

A mentor is someone who is a friend, role model, and caring support person. A mentor should be able to invest in the life of a YCP cadet, and provide personal, educational, and career guidance after graduation. Some examples include: family friends, neighbors, coaches, teachers, law enforcement or military personnel, church members, and community leaders.


     Who can be a mentor?

      May not be a parent, step-parent, or guardian

      Must be same sex as cadet being mentored

      Must be at least 25 years of age

      Should live in same hometown (or nearby) as cadet being mentored




What does a mentor do?

A mentor should be commited to support the cadet during the 5 month Residential Phase of the program by writing encouraging letters, and attending Family Days. 

Additionally, mentors are required to attend one training session, and must be able to pass a criminial background check.

After graduation, mentors are responsible for meeting with their cadet atleast once per month, and should be able to communicate frequently with YCP case managers regarding the success and progress of the cadet.



      How can I become a mentor?

        Complete and submit a mentor application. 

        Please contact a YCP Post Residential Mentor Coordinator regarding any           questions you might have.








Gillis Long Center: Timysha Hooker - email

Camp Beauregard: Geneva Harvey - email

Camp Minden: Mary Ann Pickering - email


Mentor Application

Cadet Verification of Employment

Cadet Verfication of Education

Cadet Verification of Volunteer