Mentor Program

Program Impact

Cornerman Mentors will…


  • Conduct an entry assessment with the youth to identify interest, skills, and goals.


  • Develop a personalized progress plan that will support the youth in addressing challenges that prevent them from reaching successes academically, personally, and socially.


  • Meet with youth at least 3-4 times per month for sessions spanning 30 mins - 1 hr.


  • Facilitate meetings with school administrators and family members to ensure alignment of what the youth will need to achieve success.

  • Connect youth to tools and resources that will aid in achieving goals, and peaking interest.  


  • Be a role model by demonstrating best practices that will shape reinforce goals ongoing support, guidance, advocacy, and coaching which is aimed at increasing academic and job readiness and overall wellbeing.


  • Provide extra support, follow-up, and mentoring through phone contact, home visits, school visits and family visits as needed.

Program Description

A cornerman is a combat sports term for a coach or teammate assisting a fighter during the length of a match. The cornerman remains outside the combat area during the fight, but close enough to support their contender through instruction and encouragement.


EOBA’s Cornerman mentor program aims to empower youth by providing the guidance and support needed to address their daily challenges and battles positively. Youth enrolled in the Cornerman program receive 1-on-1 personalized mentoring focused on their success in reaching goals and interest while improving their wellness at home, school, and in the community.


Correlation to Wellness







In terms of wellness, as defined by EOBA, the “Cornerman” program aims to address wellness in the following areas:


  • Emotional: As outlined by the intake, EOBA seeks to consider emotional factors such as self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and attention.  Assuming any areas are flagged as “significant” or in the “at risk” category per EOBA’s standards, the “Cornerman” program is available to support identified areas, as best it can.


  • Social: EOBA considers if there are significant emotional factors impacting the youth’s ability to navigate their social circles, and it also considers the support systems in their immediate circle and if advocacy would be beneficial.


  • Physical:  EOBA promotes physical health through its focus on diet and exercise.  EOBA considers its internal the baseline standards for physical health with his holistic perspective.  The “Cornerman” program is able to focus on


  • Environmental: EOBA considers how the youth are doing in terms of their environment, as it relates to the intersection of their home, school, and community.  Should there be any identified concerns in these areas, the “Cornerman” program will aim to focus on supporting these areas.


  • Intellectual/ Occupational: EOBA considers literacy and academic grades as part of its intake and quarterly assessments. Assuming students are not meeting minimum expectations with regard to grades, the “Cornerman” program seeks to support students in making progress. For older youth, EOBA can provide support in applying for college or acquiring vocational skills if this is an area of interest.


  • Financial: Although the youth at EOBA are not directly responsible for their financial independence or wellness, it is important to consider the financial wellness of their families as it relates to access to resources.  Additionally, the “Cornerman” program may attempt to support any stress that may manifest as a result of difficulties arising from financial difficulties.


  • Spiritual: EOBA does not promote any specific religious beliefs or theologies.  However, values such as hope, resilience, and ethics are considered per EOBA’s scope of support.  Many of these factors will be considered per other areas of wellness, but EOBA believes that it all culminates with this focus on spiritual wellness