At YSC Academy, we use the term “Mentor” for the adult responsible for guiding our students through their experiences on and off the field. We charge our Mentors, who are individually selected by the students, to know and recognize that student fully. We believe that 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 healthy relationship is measured in difficult times. Our Mentors work very hard to balance unconditional advocacy for their student and gentle but supportive challenge. 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.