Through training, discipline, and mentoring, the New Mexico National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy provides the education, leadership, character development, and life coping skills to New Mexico’s youth so they may become productive citizens . Enrollment is free.

Join the New Mexico National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy today.

Enrollment for Cycle 48, starting January 2025, is open, apply now.

Discover the Leader Inside, Accept the Challenge.


What is NMYCA?

Find out what NMYCA offers, from discipline, education and physical training. Apply now.

Eligibility Criteria

Acceptance is not guaranteed. Find out if you are eligible.


See our currently scheduled orientations or reach out to our Admissions Team for more information about Youth ChalleNGe.


Want to know what a Cycle is like?

Take a look at our videos to get an idea.

Can you accept the ChalleNGe?


Mentoring the core of NM National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy

Apply to be a Mentor today!


What is a Mentor?


An adult who provides encouragement, instruction, and positive support to a young person by earning trust and modeling positive behaviors and characteristics.

Mentor Report


Hey Mentors!! How is your Cadet doing? Don't forget to submit your Mentor Monthly Report. Due at the end of the month


These are the reports you have been asked to provide to the Academy, beginning after graduation and ending after Cadet completes the Post-Residential phase (12 months after graduation from Challenge)

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