National Guard Youth Challenge Program

As a former director of a program for alternative school teens, I experienced the process for placing a young lady into the Youth Challenge program at Ft. Stewart.  She was an 18 year old girl who was in the 9th grade. She made it clear that she did not want to stay in school until graduation.  Now let me make it clear that I think every student should stay in school,  but there are some instances when other alternatives, positive options, are more likely to build confidence and improve self esteem. Well, I went on a quest to find a program for this young lady so that she would not just drop out of school without a plan for continuing her education and improving her situation.  I found out about the Youth Challenge program and started the process for getting her into it.  Not only did she recieve her high school diploma, she played on the basketball team and competed with other programs participants in other states. Prior to entering the program, her attitude, outlook on life, and her overall demeanor were very negative. Once she returned she had a new attitude and the confidence and belief that she could do anything! 

If you have a daughter between the age of 16 and 18, and you are concerned that she may not complete her high school education, you may want to consider this program.  Visit the website and find a location near you.

Website: Youth Challenge Website


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.

Core components of the program are:

  • citizenship
  • academic excellence (GED/high school diploma attainment)
  • life-coping skills
  • service to community
  • health and hygiene
  • job skills training
  • leadership/followership
  • and physical training.

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

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1 Comment

  1. Ricky Watkins, 8 years ago

    The National ChalleNGe website is now removed. We are undergoing a change in website management at the national level. Please google youth challenge and find a challenge near you. We are trying to rescue our nation’s youth no matter of their background before volunteering into coming in our doors. I am passing out this information to all sites that have the old link. Thank you also for voicing concern and effort about our youth. My program’s website has a “find challenge near you” web page map with the current information for any of your readers.

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