At YSC Academy, we use the term “Mentor” for the adult who is responsible for guiding our students through their experiences on and off the field. Our intention through this word choice is to make clear that this role is more than that of an “advisor” or “school counselor.” We charge our Mentors, who are individually selected by the students, to know and recognize that student fully–academically, athletically, and as a growing adolescent. We expect our Mentors to provide support and guidance in a personalized relationship with professional boundaries through regularly scheduled, formal meetings, as well as informal ones.
The Mentor Program reflects our belief that in order to help a student grow we must know him as an individual as much as possible, his background, his family, his life experiences. We must respect the student, understand his talents and challenges, and help him develop his goals. A good Mentor relationship is easy to measure in good times, but a strong relationship is measured in times of difficulty. Our Mentors work very hard to strike a balance between unconditional advocacy for their student, and gentle but supportive challenge.