Welcome to the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy (HYCA) Mentor Training.
HYCA would like to thank you for volunteering to be a Mentor.  Please know that you play a vital role in the success of this program and in life of the youth you mentor.  We thank you for your time and commitment. We also want you to understand that we are here to assist you should the need arise – you are not alone.  In order to prepare you for this vital role, the following training is provided.

Face To Face Training: Below are the available locations and the dates of the Face to Face training sessions. You MUST RSVP me no later than one day prior to the training. This training last around 2- 4 hours, please come prepared.


LOCATION                                                                                                           DATE and TIME


Bedford Public Library                                                                   August 11th @ 10:30am

1323 K St.

Bedford, IN 47421


Monticello Public Library                                                             August 18th @ 10:30am

321 W. Broadway St.

Monticello, IN 47960


Vincennes Public Library                                                              August 25th @ 10:30am

521 N. 6th St.

Vincennes, IN 47591


Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy                                         September 8th @ 10:30

10892 N. St. Rd. 140

Knightstown, IN 46148


Madison Library                                                                               September 15th @ 10:30am

420 W Main St.

Madison, IN 47250


South Whitley Library                                                                   October 6th @10:30am

201 E Front St.

South Whitley, IN 46787                                              

Option 2: Online Training
The Online Training consists of a Mentor Training Question Sheet and Ten (10) Training Modules.  Please download and print the following Mentor Training Question Sheet.  Once you have printed the Mentor Training Question Sheet click on the following LINK to take you to the online National Guard Mentor Training page.  Start with Module 1: Welcome to the ChalleNGe Team and complete the quiz at the end of that module.  Once you have completed all ten (10) modules, the Mentor Training Question Sheet will then need to be mailed, emailed, or faxed back to HYCA for verification of training completion.
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Option 3: Distance Learning
If you are unable to complete your Mandatory Mentor Training via Option 1 or 2, we have available the Distance Learning Packet that can be mailed to you.  You must call Holly Gossett, the Mentor Coordinator, at (765) 570-3095 to request your packet.  You must complete the Mentor Training Question Sheet and return to HYCA by mail, email, or fax for verification of training completion.
Verification of Training Completion
Mentors must submit the Mentor Training Question Sheet for Verification of Completion. You can mail, email, or fax, it to the following:
Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy
10892 N State Rd 140, Knightstown, IN 46148
Email: holly.gossett@hoosieryouth.org
Fax: 765-345-1024
Mentor Match Ceremony
The Mandatory Mentor Match Ceremony will be held at the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy with your Cadet. This ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 1:00pm-5:15pm Eastern Standard Time. The ceremony is mandatory for all mentors to attend in order to match with your cadets. NO GUESTS are allowed (No spouses, children, parents, ETC). This is a day for the Cadet and Mentor to spend some one on one time to talk about the process so far and to begin building the path towards the Cadet’s future. All Mentor training must be completed prior to this date or you will not be allowed to attend. Registration and check in will begin at noon and the ceremony will start promptly at 1:00PM EST.   You will be contacted by your assigned Post Residential Advisor (PRA) regarding more details.

Do you want to make a difference?

Help us ChalleNGe our Cadets to Achieve by applying to become a Mentor!

The Youth ChalleNGe program offers one of the best youth/adult mentoring partnerships across the United States. That’s where caring adults are committed to supporting and encouraging Cadets that participate especially after they complete the Residential Phase and return to their communities.

We are looking for Adults 21 and older to volunteer their time to become a Mentor to our Cadets. This is an exceptional opportunity to give back to your community and assist the Academy in providing leadership and guidance for an at-risk youth working to become the best version of themselves.

Training provided.

Contact our Mentor Coordinator, Ms. Holly Gossett today at (765) 570-3095 for more information.