The New Mexico National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy (located in Roswell, New Mexico) is a 17 ½ month program designed to reach the population of "at risk" youth before they become a permanent fixture in juvenile systems, adult prisons, or the welfare system.
The initial program consists of a 5 1/2-month residential phase where cadets learn self-discipline, leadership, and responsibility while working to obtain a high school general equivalency diploma (GED). Participants live and work in a structured and disciplined quasi-military environment, which encourages teamwork and personal growth. The second phase of the program is a 12-month post-residential phase. During the post-residential phase, students are assisted by mentors from their home communities and NMYCA case managers as they return home and continue their education or enter the work force.
Applicants must be a U S citizen or legal resident, resident of New Mexico, 16 – 18 years of age, free from drugs, have no felony convictions, and most importantly, have a desire to complete the program. This is a voluntary program.
The New Mexico National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy encourages teamwork, personal growth, and development through Eight Core Components.
Through training, discipline, and mentoring, the New Mexico National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program provides the education, leadership, character development, and life coping skills to New Mexico's youth so they may become successful members of society.
The New Mexico National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy will be known as a viable, community-oriented intervention program committed to providing a safe environment for New Mexico’s 16 – 18 year old high school dropouts to obtain the education and life skills needed to become productive citizens with sustainable futures.