So I guess I'm curious whether there is anyone out there who would be willing to be a mentor for this purpose. I'm quite limbered up when it comes to logic and learning syntax, but there are a lot of gaps in my knowledge as far as bringing an entire game together. Is anyone out there working on any strategy games and have a bit more experience?
The whole forum is like a mentor and much more effective than a one-2-one mentor.
You can always ask for hints, tips, advice and any general questions on game development issues. Often, there is always someone who's been there, done it and can offer valuable advice.
One-2-one mentor maybe too restrictive to that single person's experience and availability only
There are pros and cons to both methods. Both offer the chance to ask questions of a experienced programmer. 1-on-1 has the con of learning wrong if the mentor programmer is new enough him/her-self to the point that they are teaching poor or bad habits. Forum mentors have the possible con of the mentors getting into a conflict about what method to use for the question and possibly adding to the confusion of the person asking. Just for example, I'm perfectly fine using C++'s Standard Template Library in my games (like using vectors to hold my tilemaps) while many veteran game programmers still have the mindset that you have to roll your own containers for games. I just wanted to put that out there.
That said, I completely agree that asking here is far more beneficial in the long run than having a 1-on-1 mentor where you are left waiting for their time to free up to get an answer. The forums usually get you an answer within a matter of minutes instead of hours or days.