Mentors | Oregon National Guard


What is a mentor and what are the benefits of mentoring?

A mentor is a coach, counselor, supporter, role model, and a trusted guide or advisor.  A mentor is someone willing to spend his or her time and expertise to guide the development of another person.

Mentoring is vital for the success of the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (ONGYCP) – vital in that mentoring sustains the newly invigorated lives of cadets and supports their continued practice of the life-changing habits attained in the Residential Phase of ChalleNGe.

According to juvenile justice experts, mentoring is one of the most important aspects of juvenile crime prevention. For more information on what a mentor is, please go to  The key to success is follow-up and accountability.

Who are ONGYCP Mentors?

ONGYCP uses a Youth-Initiated Mentor Program. The process requires the youth, parent, or guardian to identify two potential mentors that are known, trusted, and willing and able to perform the duties below. Each mentor completes the full five page application by the application deadline. The ONGYCP mentor becomes a friend and advisor for the young person. In short, the mentor is there to help the Youth Challenge Mentee to become a responsible, contributing member of society. The goal of this mentoring is to help the cadet build on the skills and confidence acquired in the ONGYCP Residential Phase and to be responsible for their future in academics and occupational endeavors

What are the duties as a Mentor?

Current duties include:

  • Committing to the 17 ½ month program (5 ½ Residential, 12 months Post Residential);
  • Completing a full application with two references and submitting prior to the application deadline;
  • Writing to the cadet throughout the  Residential Program;
  • Completing the Pre-Arrival online Mentor Training (approximately 2 hours);
  • Traveling to attend the one-time Primary Mentor full-day (8 hours) training session in Bend, Oregon during the Residential Phase;
  • Committing to weekly meetings/contacts with your graduated cadet in the Post Residential Phase;
  • Reviewing goals the graduate has set during the Residential Phase and assisting the graduate in integrating those goals into real achievements; and
  • Reporting monthly to ONGYCP Mentor Coordinator on the status of the graduated cadet.

What are the requirements to become an ONGYCP Mentor?

The most frequency asked requirements are:

  • Be over the age of 21;
  • Be of the same gender as the applicant;
  • Be within a reasonable distance to the applicant to facilitate Post Residential contact;
  • Be willing to travel to attend the one-time onsite training in Bend;
  • Be willing to submit and pass a background check; 
  • Not be an immediate family member (mother, father, step parent, legal guardian, or sibling step, half, full, adopted); and
  • Not be a person living in the applicant’s household.

Please view the full list of requirements in the Mentor Application available below.

Can I mentor more than one cadet per class? 

Thank you for wanting to do more for our at-risk youth! Mentoring more than one cadet per class is prohibited. Please do not attempt to apply as the Primary Mentor for one cadet and the Secondary for another as we have multiple Mentor Coordinators working applications and we may not find the duplicate application until an urgent situation occurs. Please be aware if you do apply to be the Secondary Mentor, we keep your file active should the need arise for you to step-up into the Primary Mentor role during the 17 ½ month program.

As a parent or guardian how can I find a mentor for my applicant?

To begin your search, start by writing a list of friends, family, friends of all family members, co-workers, neighbors, dentists, doctors, and acquaintances from faith-based activities, sports, or social activities. Eliminate those who do not meet the eligibility requirements in the application or do not have the time to devote to the applicant. Review the list with applicant. Evaluate those who might be willing, have time, and would be a good Mentor Applicant. Mentors should be someone the applicant trusts, views as a role model, and would like to have visit in Bend.

Mentoring questions?

If you or someone you know would like to become an ONGYCP Mentor or have program questions, please call or email one of our Mentor Coordinators:

Frank Tallman at 541-317-9623 ext. 225
Volinda Foreman at 541-317-9623 ext. 235
Carrie Thompson at 541-317-9623 ext. 227
Deborah Turner at 541-317-9623 ext. 245

To learn about the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program and its mission please return to About Us

If you would like to download a Mentor Application

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More for Potential Mentors:

Mentoring and the ChalleNGe Program

This timeline explains the mentor’s role in each phase of the ChalleNGe program.

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The Fundamentals of Mentoring

This interactive tool is designed to provide basic information on the fundamentals of mentoring to people who are interested in making the commitment to be a mentor.

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Mentors Make The Difference:

Find out 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.

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