Youth Challenge Program

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Top left: Cadet Darblin Cabral, from the Ft. Stewart Youth Challenge Academy Class 47 Honor Guard. Top right: A Youth Challenge Academy cadet throws a sandbag to Georgia State Defense Force Cpl. Richard Wilson. Bottom left: A student hugs her mother during the Georgia National Guard Youth Challenge Academy Family Day event. Bottom right: The Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program Cadet Color Guard team.

The Youth Challenge Program is a program for at-risk youth run by the National Guard of the United States, which consists of Youth Challenge Academies (known as YCA's) in each participating state. The stated mission of the Youth Challenge Program is "to intervene in and reclaim the lives of at-risk youth to produce program graduates with the values, skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults." The program accepts 16- to 18-year-old male and female high school dropouts who are drug-free and not in trouble with the law. The program lasts for 17½ months. The first 5½ months are part of the quasi-military Residential Phase. The last 12 months are part of the Post-Residential Phase. Most participants will earn their GED or a high school diploma by the end of their Residential Phase.

The program is one of many programs administered by the National Guard Bureau that address leadership, life skills, and physical training.[1]

Core Components[edit]

  • Citizenship
  • Academic excellence (GED/high school diploma attainment)
  • Life-coping skills
  • Service to community
  • Health and hygiene
  • Job skills training
  • Leadership/followership
  • Physical training

Participating states and territories[edit]

The following is a list of states who participate in the Youth Challenge Program. Some states have multiple campuses; for example, Georgia has a YCA at both Ft. Stewart and Ft. Gordon, but both fall under the same state director.

Related Programs by the National Guard[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Guard Programs and Presentations Archived May 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Alaska Military Youth Academy". dmva.alaska.gov. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Arkansas Youth Challenge". www.aryouthchallenge.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Sunburst Youth Academy". www.sunburstyouthacademy.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy". www.cgyca.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy". www.floridayouthchallengeacademy.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Georgia Youth Challenge". www.georgiayouthchallenge.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  8. ^ "State of Hawaii Youth Challenge Academy". dod.hawaii.gov/yca. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy". www.idyouthchallenge.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Lincoln's Challenge Academy". www.lincolnschallenge.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Hoosier Youth ChalleNGe Academy". hoosieryouthchallenge.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Kentucky National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program". www.kychallenge.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Louisiana National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program". www.langycp.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Ansel M. Stroud, Jr". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Freestate ChalleNGe Academy". freestatemil.maryland.gov. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Michigan Youth ChalleNGe Academy". miycp.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Mississippi ChalleNGe Academy". msyouthchallenge.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Montana Youth ChalleNGe Academy". www.youthchallenge.mt.gov. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  19. ^ "New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe Academy". www.nj.gov/military/challenge/index.html. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  20. ^ "New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy". www.nmyca.net. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  21. ^ "Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy". nc-tcachallenge.org/national-challenge-program. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Thunderbird Youth Academy". thunderbird.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Oregon Youth Challenge Program". www.oycp.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  24. ^ White, Jeff (3 April 2017). "Puerto Rico Youth ChalleNGe Academy Graduates 225 Cadets". LinkedIn. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  25. ^ "SC Youth ChalleNGe Academy". www.scyouthchallenge.com. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  26. ^ "Tennessee National Guard Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy". www.tn.gov. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  27. ^ "Texas ChalleNGe Academy". tmd.texas.gov. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  28. ^ "Virginia National Guard Commonwealth ChalleNGe Youth Academy". www.vachallenge.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  29. ^ "Washington Youth Academy". mil.wa.gov/youth-academy. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  30. ^ "Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy". wvchallenge.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  31. ^ "Wisconsin ChalleNGe Academy". www.challengeacademy.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  32. ^ "Wyoming Cowboy Challenge Academy". wycowboychallenge.org. Retrieved 18 March 2018.

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