What is the mentoring component of the Tarheel ChalleNGe Program?
Mentoring is a core strategy of the Tarheel ChalleNGe Program. Youth in the program are trained and matched with qualified adult mentors by the 13th week of the program; matches meet each week for at least 14 months.
What is unique about Tarheel ChalleNGe mentoring?
Many high impact youth programs produce dramatic improvements in the attitudes and behavior of youthful participants while they are engaged in the program. However, research shows that these program gains decay over time because graduates are not properly supported during their transition back to the community.This is not the case with the Tarheel ChalleNGe Program. The mentoring component of the Tarheel ChalleNGe Program is fully integrated into the residential phase of the program. Over 90 percent of ChalleNGe mentors are nominated by cadets at the beginning of the residential phase, eliminating the isolation many mentors feel when matched with strangers. Mentors are then screened, trained and matched with cadets by the 13th week – Prior to the halfway point of the residential phase. Following the match, mentoring relationships are closely monitored and supported by case managers for 14 months. During this time, mentors are actively involved in assisting cadets in the implementation of a life plan developed during the residential phase.Mentors provide the continuity that most high impact programs lack. Case managed mentoring relationships help provide a seamless transition for cadets from the residential phase back into the community. As a result, most Tarheel ChalleNGe Program graduates are employed or in school two and three years after graduation.
What are the results of the mentoring component of Tarheel ChalleNGe?
Research shows that mentoring boosts the Post-Residential success of graduates by 50 percent. Over 85 percent of the cadets engaged in mentoring relationships are productively employed or attending school 12 months after leaving the residential phase of the program. Longitudinal studies show that ChalleNGe participants are continuing to engage in positive and productive lifestyles two or three years after completing the program. Most continue to benefit from ongoing mentoring relationships.
What is the quality of the mentoring in the Tarheel ChalleNGe Program?
The Tarheel ChalleNGe Program meets or exceeds the national mentoring standards established by the National Mentoring Partnership. These standards encompass mentor recruiting, screening, training, matching, monitoring and support.