Mentors (Volunteer)



Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


New Jersey
United States


Mentor Position For All 50 States (Volunteers needed). Take up The Cadet Corps Challenge! The Cadet Corps is dedicated to combating juvenile delinquency and preventing youth incarceration through leadership and mentoring programs. You must work in the following professions:

  • Active Duty or Retired Police Officer.
  • Active Duty or retired Criminal Justice Professional.
  • Active Duty or Retired Firefighter.
  • Active or Retired School Teacher.

Volunteer Positions available:

  • State Directors.
  • County Directors.
  • Program Officers.
  • Recruiting Officers.
  • Marketing Officers.
  • Grant Officers.


The mentor will be responsible for establishing group mentoring programs in a designated municipality, county or state. The position is a program coordinator and can advance to a Regional Commander (Staff Officer). They will be responsible for meeting with a group of mentees monthly. Additionally, they will monitor the mentees behavior and academic studies. The mentor may be asked to work on certain aspects of the young person’s development. He or she will work closely with The Cadet Corps staff through phone contact, personal conferences and group meetings to understand the youth and his or her family better and to facilitate activities to help the mentee.

The mentor will serve as an example/role model to demonstrate that adults can give, and should receive, respect. Also, Self-realization and improved self-esteem for the young person are important goals of the relationship. This program is for High School, Middle School and Elementary School children and for rural, urban and suburban kids. The goal is to keep our children away from negative elements of our communities. It should be emphasized that the volunteer in no way replaces the parent or the family’s social worker. Rather, he or she provides leadership and guidance.


  • A graduate of a certified state law enforcement police academy.
  • A graduate of a certified state Firefighters Academy.
  • A state certified school teacher.
  • Willing to submit to a criminal history check.
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Young people throughout the community need the companionship of a volunteer mentor. The project seeks to place volunteers as close to their own homes as possible. During the course of interviewing and placement, volunteers will have the opportunity to state any preferences and The Cadet Corps will comply with these preferences as nearly as possible. Before making any match, project staff will consider location, interests, skills, background, knowledge and temperament of both the young person and the volunteer. All mentors are required to wear The Cadet Corps designated uniform and rank. The rank will be based on an evaluation of the mentors resume and application; in addition to, the operational need of The Cadet Corps.


  • Training sessions are offered on a regular basis for the volunteer’s personal growth and development;
  • Volunteers can assume that their skills in working with young people will increase and that their work will lead to more challenging volunteer assignments if that is their desire; and
  • Volunteers receive ongoing support and recognition. A staff person will be assigned to work with them.

On completion of the mentoring assignment, the volunteer may request a written performance appraisal from The Cadet Corps staff.

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