Mentors spend time with young people encouraging positive choices, academic achievement, promote high self esteem, and introduce new hobbies and experiences. Mentors develop a relationship with youth at the child's school, reinforcing the values and cultural heritage that parents have instilled. A mentor can play many roles including coach, teacher, advocate,
friend, cheerleader and opener of doors, helping the student develop their talents to reach their own goals.To become a mentor, patrons must attend the Mentor Training. Participants who attend will receive information and resources, and be assigned to a local school after completion.
Individuals or groups work with a school to provide volunteers or financial resources to support instruction in the classroom. It may be focused on a single classroom or program within a school or it may be a school or even system-wide initiative. Adopt-A-School programs do not require financial support from the sponsor. Neither party in the adoption is the sole beneficiary. The squadron/organization derives a sense of satisfaction in service and benefits from excellent public relations throughout the community. The adoptee reaps benefits when the squadron/organization makes a commitment to assist in the development of the full educational potential of a school.