Why work at Youth ChalleNGe?



The New Mexico National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy, located in Roswell, NM, prides itself in taking struggling 16-18 year olds from all over New Mexico and giving them the opportunity to change their lives for the better. Through training, discipline, and mentoring, Academy Staff provides the education, leadership, character development and life coping skills to New Mexico's youth so they may become productive citizens. 


"If it doesn't challeNGe you, it doesn't chaNGe you"


Current Openings



Cadre provide daily supervision, leadership, guidance, and direction to Cadets enrolled in the New Mexico National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy, a free 17 ½ month program for at-risk youth ages 16-18 that starts with a demanding 22-week quasi-military residential phase in which Cadets from all over the state live in Roswell.  Cadre are responsible for ensuring Cadet compliance with policies and procedures in areas such as, physical training, academics, health & hygiene, military protocol, service to the community, and daily living while on campus.

Case Manager


The Case Manager is responsible for supporting an appropriate number of cadets by collecting, maintaining, recording, and entering data into the NMNGYCA database for tracking purposes.  During the residential phase, the Case Manager is responsible for providing classroom instruction to cadets on goal setting and assisting the cadet with the development of a Post-Residential Action Plan (PRAP) to ensure the cadets' future success. Upon completion of the residential phase, the Case Manager is responsible for maintaining contact with the cadets and their assigned mentor throughout the twelve (12) month post-residential phase via phone, mail, or email to track and monitor the cadet's success and ensuring the mentor relationship is meeting program criteria.  The Case Manager often tracks three (3) class cycles of cadets at one time (current, recently graduated, and final phase).

Mental Health Counselor


A Mental Health Counselor provides short-term and ongoing counseling for cadets enrolled at the NMNGYCA during the residential phase (two (2) class cycles per year) and ensures that the cadets are integrating appropriately during the critical first few weeks, and then provides additional support leading up to graduation.  Cadets may come from backgrounds where they have experienced emotional and/or physical trauma and/or drug abuse.  Having access to mental health counseling is a crucial part of their long-term success.  A Counselor implements program standard operating procedures, evaluates referrals, and conducts intake assessments for the Counseling department.  This position leads training classes and is responsible for ensuring the curriculum for the Program's Core Components of Life Skills and Responsible Citizenship are being implemented in accordance with the National Guard Bureau requirements.  A Counselor also provides education counseling for all cadets enrolled in the program.

 To join our team go to careers.share.nm.gov and search "Youth Challenge"

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