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About YC


 

 

YOUTH CHALLENGE PROGRAM

The mission of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is to reclaim the lives of 16-18 year old at-promise teens, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens.

This award-winning program has been recognized as one of the nation’s most effective and cost efficient programs for improving the lives of youth who are at the greatest risk for substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency, and criminal activity.

The program's goal is to ensure that every young person who needs and wants a second chance can have that opportunity.

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About YC


 

 

YOUTH CHALLENGE PROGRAM

The mission of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is to reclaim the lives of 16-18 year old at-promise teens, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens.

This award-winning program has been recognized as one of the nation’s most effective and cost efficient programs for improving the lives of youth who are at the greatest risk for substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency, and criminal activity.

The program's goal is to ensure that every young person who needs and wants a second chance can have that opportunity.

 

THE CHALLENGE EXPERIENCE

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is a 17 ½ month voluntary program geared toward 16-18 year old at-risk youth. The program consists of a 5 ½ month Residential Phase and a 12 month Post-Residential Phase.

The Residential Phase of the program takes place in a highly disciplined and motivational military-like environment promoting structure and academics along with leadership, health, service to the community, life skills, job skills, physical fitness, and citizenship.

The Post-Residential Phase takes place after graduation from the Residential Phase and is a time when cadets use the skills they've acquired to obtain placement in a job, further education, or the military.

hroughout the 17 ½ month program, cadets have mentors to support them. The mentors play a critical role in ensuring continued success after graduation. They help youth transition from the structured environment of the Residential Phase to self-management, and they guide the cadets through the implementation of the Action Plans.

YC PROGRAM SUCCESS

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is one of the most successful programs to serve high school dropouts. Remarkably over 60% of YC graduates - former wayward dropouts - have earned their GED or high school diploma while in the program.

       59% of 2012 ChalleNGe graduates received their high school diploma or GED.

       45% joined the workforce. 

       41% continued their education.

       7% joined the military.

       Program participants have donated over 10 million hours of service to the community.

       YC Programs have awarded graduates nearly 91,000 academic credentials.

       Over 150,000 teens have graduated.

 
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For Parents


TRANFORMING THE LIVES OF AT-PROMISE TEENS

For Parents


TRANFORMING THE LIVES OF AT-PROMISE TEENS

I recommend that every mother out there who needs help, to please get in touch with Youth ChalleNGe. It’s the best thing that has happened to us.
— Patricia P.C., Parent

FOR PARENTS THERE'S HOPE

Youth ChalleNGe gives hope to the parents that are discouraged about the future of their child.

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program develops the life skills, educational levels, and employment potential of at-promise youth to become productive citizens through unique, military-inspired youth development that instills within them the skills and values necessary for success.

Enrollment is free of cost.

STEPS TO SUCCESS

Operating at 40 sites nationwide, the ChalleNGe Program offers a 5 ½ month Residential Phase. Teens live at the ChalleNGe where they experience a structured and disciplined schedule that focuses on developing their social, emotional, academic, and basic life skills. This is accomplished through the implementation of the eight core components.

After graduation from the Residential Phase, cadets enter into a year-long Post-Residential Phase when they receive mentoring to guide them in using the tools they've gained and what they’ve learned as they return to their communities, to return to high school, pursue higher education, find a job, join the military, or volunteer at least 30 hours a week. The goal of the Post-Residential Phase is for graduates to sustain and build on the gains made during the Residential Phase. In addition, they must continue to develop and implement the Action Plans developed for ongoing growth and success.

I wanted to make my parents proud, so I came to Youth ChalleNGe. I gave up a lot coming here, but it was very worth it.
— Cadet Sanchez, GYA

8 CORE COMPONENTS

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Academic Excellence All ChalleNGe participants attend daily academic classes that increase math and reading comprehension and prepare them for General Education Development (GED) credential testing, credit recovery, or a high school diploma. Evaluation of a cadet’s grade level progress during the Residential Phase is measured using the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) testing process. Cadets also explore the knowledge and skills required to pursue future educational opportunities.

Health and Hygiene Cadets learn the value of a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle through a holistic approach that combines physical and mental well-being as cadets explore the effects of substance abuse and STDs on their physical health and well-being.

Job Skills Cadets prepare for long-term, gainful employment. Career exploration is accomplished through career assessment and interest inventories, job-specific skills orientation and awareness, and training in area vocational centers.

Leadership/Followership Cadets develop strong character traits and learn to willingly comply with established rules; perform basic military customs and courtesies; define, recognize, and employ leadership skills while performing in a leadership position; maintain a personal living area; and function as an effective team member.

Life-Coping Skills Cadets learn skills to last a lifetime. Increased self-esteem and self-discipline are gained through a combination of classroom activities, group discussions, and a structured living environment. Cadets learn how to identify and self-regulate emotions, such as anger, grief, frustration, and stress and how to utilize conflict resolution strategies.

Physical Fitness Physical fitness becomes an integral part of cadet daily life. Cadets perform physical training based on the President’s Challenge, the nation’s most respected fitness assessment.

Responsible Citizenship Cadets discover their role in the democratic process and learn their rights, privileges, and obligations as United States citizens.

Service to Community Cadets realize the value and importance of giving back while performing a minimum of 40 hours of service to the community and/or conservation project activities. These activities provide opportunities for career exploration as well as enhancing community-needs awareness in cadets.

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For Teens


EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PULL YOURSELF UP

For Teens


EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO PULL YOURSELF UP

ARE YOU READY TO MAKE A CHANGE?

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program offers an opportunity unlike any other for you to make positive, lasting change in your life in a structured, disciplined, and motivational environment. Throughout the 17 ½ month program, you 'll improve your education, life skills, and employment potential. This is accomplished by providing military-based training, mentorship, supervised work experience, and by advancing the program's core components.

WHAT KIND OF FUTURE WILL YOU CREATE?

The results of the ChalleNGe experience are powerful, from the inside out, and the outside in. The change you make not only supports you, but also your family, peers, and community. While in the 5 ½ month Residential Phase, you'll begin to look to the future and create an Action Plan for your post-graduation success. With the guidance of a mentor throughout the 12 month Post- Residential Phase, you'll be supported to dream bigger, believe in yourself, and achieve more than you may have thought possible. 

We all came here for a reason; we all came here to change.
— Cadet Ryder, FLYCA

WILL THE PATH YOU’RE ON LEAD YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO BE?

You have the power to change. Youth ChalleNGe has the tools, techniques, and structure to help you use that power.

At Youth ChalleNGe you'll learn the value of taking responsibility for your life; learn how to make positive choices and decisions; and most importantly, learn that you have within you everything you need to be successful while earning your GED or High School Diploma.

The 5 ½ Residential Phase of the program takes place in a highly disciplined and motivational military-like environment promoting structure and academics along with the program's core components, leadership, health, service to the community, life skills, job skills, physical fitness, and responsible citizenship.

In its efforts to expose cadets to the positive experiences, Youth ChalleNGe offers a variety of extracurricular opportunities, after-school clubs, and activities. Many academies offer vocational training programs and even college credits. Additionally, during each cycle, cadets are treated to field trips and special events.

AN ACTION PLAN FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS

The Post-Residential Phase takes place after graduation from the Residential Phase and is a time when you'll begin to use the skills you've learned to obtain placement in a job, higher education, or the military. hroughout the 17 ½ month program, you'll have a mentor to support you. The mentors play a critical role in ensuring continued success after graduation. They help you transition from the structured environment of the Residential Phase to self-management and implementing your Action Plan for success.