The Academy Minority Outreach Team (AMOT) Mentoring Program facilitates one-to-one mentoring relationships that connect current cadets or color and students of color appointees with leaders in the Coast Guard to learn, grown, and develop.  Our diversity helps merge unique perspectives and skills to Academy and Coast Guard missions. Attracting and retaining a diverse workforce, with the right skills and capabilities to meet current and future mission requirements, requires an inclusive culture. The AMOT Mentoring Program is committed to promoting this strategy to cultivate an inclusive and diverse workforce within the CGA Scholars Program, Corps of Cadets, and beyond, as cadets transition into the officer fleet.

All students of color appointees who verbally intend on accepting their appointment, will be invited to participate in the AMOT Mentoring Program.  Our diverse officer corps would like to ease the transition into a service academy with offering their unique perspectives, mentorship, and aid you with support to help as you transition into being a Coast Guard officer. You will gain a better understanding of Coast Guard Core Values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty and how they help us inspire innovation and perspectives to solve complex challenges through diverse backgrounds, unique experiences, and original ideas.

For current cadets, mentoring is a critical aspect of your success and development at CGA.  It is a targeted leadership competency in your journey as a cadet and essential trait to have as a Coast Guard Officer.  Mentoring is a strategic component to the Academy’s mission of graduating Leaders of Character and is a core component of the LEAD Strategy: D - deepen understanding through mentoring.  AMOT mentors will provide in-depth support to help you set a course for your intended career path, focusing on aspects of diversity and inclusion at CGA and beyond.

Our deep and experienced pool of AMOT mentors volunteer to share their educational, career, and life experiences with mentees to support expanding social networks, fine tuning leadership capabilities, and foster personal and professional development.  Each mentor cares deeply about diversity and are committed to helping identify and mitigate biases, working together to nurture a sense of community, and continually improving the culture of our Service. We promise you that by participating in this program, you will have greater insight on your professional potential, strengths, and areas for improvement to help you succeed at CGA and beyond.

What are you waiting for? Please join this critical program now!

Early Action (EA) Enrollment Timeline:
Mentor Enrollment: Closes fourth Monday of January
Mentee Enrollment: Closes fourth Monday of January
Mentee Dream Sheets Due: fourth Monday of January
Connections Made: last day in January

Regular Admission (RA) Enrollment Timeline:
Mentor Enrollment: Closes last day of February
Mentee Enrollment: Closes 1st Saturday in April
Mentee Dream Sheets Due: 1st Saturday in April
Connections Made: 3rd Friday in April

AMOT Mentor Program Administrator
 Ms. Katy Robbins, Associate Director of Diversity, Outreach, Student Engagement, and AMOT Coordinator

AMOT Segment Coordinators
African American: CDR Andrea Parker-Smith, (202) 795-6874
Asian American: CDR Min Kim, (850) 874-3241
Hispanic American: CDR David Smith, (530) 559-7070

 CGA Mentor Program Manager and Administrator
 Mr. Tobias Olsen, ADM James Loy Institute for Leadership

Why Become a Mentor?

  • DEVELOP feedback and critical thinking skills
  • GROW prospective and current cadets to be the best they can be
  • ADVANCE your leadership skills
  • GAIN better understanding of the generational strengths prospective and current cadets have to offer
  • CULTIVATE a supportive and inclusive environment


Why Become a Mentee?

  • GROW your skills and confidence as a cadet
  • LEARN about the Coast Guard and its various operational facets
  • DEVELOP your leadership and networking skills
  • EXPLORE opportunities post-graduation regarding career path and advanced learning
  • GAIN the appropriate knowledge of diversity and inclusion at CGA and within the Coast Guard Community

One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination. - John C. Maxwell

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