About the Program


The mission of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of 16-18 year old high school dropouts, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens.

The Program

The National Guard Youth Challenge Program is a community-based Quasi-Military program that leads, trains and mentors 16–18 year-old high school dropouts so that they may become productive citizens in America’s future.

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

Core Components

The 22-week Residential Phase is followed by a year-long mentoring relationship with a specially trained member from each youth’s community.

The eight core components of the program are:

  • Academy Excellence
  • Health and Hygiene
  • Job Skills
  • Leadership/Followership
  • Life Coping Skills
  • Service to the Community
  • Physical Fitness
  • Responsible Citizenship


For more information check out the program’s website: https://ngchallenge.org