Eight Core Components

The foundation that Youth ChalleNGe uses to enable our youth to grow,  are the eight core components. Cadets must successfully complete all eight core components to graduate from the Academy. The eight core components are designed to educate and produce youth that will become productive members of the community upon graduation. 


The eight core components are:


  • Academic Excellence - Cadets are enrolled in Adult Basic Education classes offered through Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell.  Cadets are required to attend HiSET class daily, participate in class discussions, and complete all assignments.  Instruction in four areas: Language Arts (Reading & Writing), Math, Science and Social Studies. This instruction prepares cadets for the HiSET Test, which they take prior to graduation. (NMNGYCA does not guarentee every student will earn a HiSET) (To learn more about the HiSET click here)
    Each cadet also has the opportunity to learn a trade or skill through Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell.  Unique only to NMNGYCA, our Vo-Tech Classes include: Construction Trades, Media Arts, Microsoft Office, Emergency Medical Responder, and Fire Science.  Cadets attend Vo-tech classes in the evenings on the campus of ENMU-R.  Cadets will earn college credits associated with the class they attend. 


  • Life Coping Skills - Cadets learn strategies and coping mechanisms for managing personal life through participation in classes on anger management, stress management, conflict resolution, goal setting, money management, and personal hygiene.


  • Job Skills - Cadets explore career options through assessment, planning, and skills training while learning resume writing and interview preparation techniques.


  • Responsible Citizenship - Cadets gain an understanding of government structure and civic responsibilities while learning the importance of cultural awareness, violence prevention, and how to be a positive community member.


  • Leadership/Followership - Cadets learn positive leadership qualities and gain character development skills necessary to be a good follower and a valued member of society through understanding of social group roles and responsibilities.


  • Health and Hygiene - Cadets understand the correlation between good health and hygiene habits and lifelong physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing through participation in tobacco education, substance abuse, sexual responsibility, and nutrition courses.


  • Physical Fitness - Cadets improve physical fitness through participation in military styled physical training, running, and organized sports designed to encourage a lifelong commitment to physical wellbeing.


  • Service to Community - Cadets understand the value of volunteerism and giving back to the community by completing a minimum of 40 hours of service to the community and conservation projects.


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