Join Our Residential Program

Alpha Academy’s residential mentoring program is for young men who are ready for a 24-week immersive mentoring experience. If you are ready to take a break from the craziness of life and dive deep into who you are, this a great opportunity for you.

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What Our Residential Program Entails

Our residential mentoring program is typically 6 months long, but can be flexible depending on the needs of the student. During that time you will be living onsite, working, volunteering, and growing as a person. You will be living in a house with 2-5 other guys who are also here to grow, learn various job skills through volunteering, and participating in weekly mentoring sessions. You will also have the opportunity to learn new skills and bond with friends you’ll keep for life. 

Living Arrangements

There are two 4-bedroom homes on the property. These are provided at no cost to the individuals in the program. The smaller rooms are singles and the larger rooms may house 1-3 men. The houses have to be kept clean and any maintenance needs must be reported to the Director as soon as they are noticed. The area around and between the houses must be maintained as well (no weeds or clutter). Everyone must be back at the house by 10 pm each evening until the next morning. Members of the house must be respectful of their roommates and neighbors including the other businesses on the property. There is no alcohol, tobacco, vape products, drugs, or weapons allowed on the property. Generally, overnight guests are not permitted but can be accommodated with prior approval from the Director. House members should make an effort to eat with each other and spend time together in the evenings.

The Mentoring

Each member of the program will meet on a weekly basis with mentors. They will complete mentoring assignments in a timely manner. The assignment may have a video that must be responded to, a book that is to be read, or growth work related to their life maps. There is also a weekly group meeting where all the house members will share what they are learning and participate in a group mentoring meeting. The content of the lessons will touch on issues related to goal setting, budgeting, investing, academic planning, time management, priorities, conflict resolution, healthy family relationships, healthy romantic relationships, healthy friendships, work-life balance, boundaries with others, fears, insecurities, spirituality, emotional health, and more! We estimate that you should plan for about 4 hours per week for mentoring.


Work Requirements

We will help each member of the program broaden their horizons with chances to gain new skills. We will help each member find an outside part-time job that they can work during the day. (If you already have a part-time job you can continue working there.) While we don’t charge for our program, the house members will need to be saving up for when they eventually move on.

Volunteer Requirements

Each house member will participate in one or more of the other programs at Son Care Foundation. These include Thousand Hills Pet Resort, Gentle Touch Pet Training, New Life K9s, and Mission Cars. We can also provide experience with various trades via our maintenance department. As part of this program, 4 hours per week of volunteer work is required. 


In addition to the required 4 hours, all participants will also be a member of the THPR night check team. Whichever team member is assigned a given night is responsible for remaining on-site while the business is closed and on-call overnight in case of emergencies. They will also go out around 9:00 pm in the evening and do the final check on the dogs staying overnight. The number of nights each member is responsible for depends on how many members of the team there are. Typically each person is on call 2-4 nights per week. Each member of the program will go through a training program to learn the necessary skills to be able to safely work with and care for the dogs staying overnight. 

What You Can Expect

  • To be working hard on emotional issues, and tackling some pretty tough subjects. We go to the hard places so that healing can happen. 

  • To have a lot of fun but also to learn to embrace a lifestyle that doesn’t hold fun as the highest priority. Often this program isn’t fun, but it’s always good. Due to the length of your stay, there will be periods of routine and maybe even boredom, but each day here brings growth. 

  • To be hanging out and enjoying the company of your housemates every evening and weekend. We do a lot together and get to have a lot of great experiences because of the resources of Alpha Academy. 

  • To be with people different than you. This particular program is available to any young man, ages 18-24, who is willing and able to learn and grow. This means we may have Alpha Academy students from Cal Poly or Cuesta. We also frequently have students from out of California. Our students all have a wide range of backgrounds and struggles.

  • A different program under Alpha Academy also takes place in the same house you will be living in. We offer mentoring services to men of all ages who were previously incarcerated and participating in our New Life K9s program at one of the prisons we work with. These men have paroled and are working on getting their life together, just like you. We have known these men for at least 2 years while they were in prison and come highly recommended from prison staff and our staff that work at New Life K9s. These men are not typical parolees and have been through a lot of rehabilitation to get where they are today. We fully trust them and we would never accept anyone who might be a harm to others in the program. Click here to learn more about the New Life K9s program.


If you’re interested in learning more, please call Rhys at (805) 596-0433 ext. 1 or if you’re ready to take the plunge, please fill out our application linked below.

“Having gone through the residential program, I can easily say this program saved my life. Even if I hadn’t done something to hurt myself, I would have made decisions that would have wrecked my future. The loving people there is something I haven’t found anywhere else.”