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

Case Manager


The Case Manager is responsible for supporting an appropriate number of cadets by collecting, maintaining, recording, and entering data into the New Mexico National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Academy¿s (NMNGYCA) database for tracking purposes.  During the residential phase, the Case Manager is responsible for providing 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.



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.

Maintenance & Grounds Worker


The Maintenance and Grounds Worker is responsible for the daily maintenance, grounds-keeping and operation of the New Mexico Youth ChalleNGe Academy, a quasi-military residential school for at-risk youth comprised of a two-story administration building, two (2) multi-story barracks buildings and a training yard. The Maintenance and Grounds Worker performs routine maintenance to ensure that machinery continues to run smoothly, building systems operate efficiently and facilities remain in good repair.  Duties may involve lawn mowing, snow removal and clearing debris from walkways; pipe fitting; boiler making; insulating; welding; machining; carpentry; repairing electrical or mechanical equipment; installing, aligning, and balancing new equipment; and repairing buildings, floors, or stairs.

Mental Health Counselor


The 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.  The Mental Health Counselor assists in the development and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures, referral forms, and 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-Coping Skills, Job Skills, Responsible Citizenship, and Health & Hygiene, are being implemented in accordance with the National Guard Bureau requirements.  The Mental Health Counselor also provides education counseling for all cadets enrolled in the program.

Education Coordinator


This Education Coordinator serves as the liaison between Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) in Roswell and the NMNGYCA and ensures that all Adult Education and Vocational programs for the cadets enrolled at the YCA are relevant.  The Education Coordinator is responsible for developing instructional programs that meet NMNGYCA guidelines, such as a credit recovery program, and works with ENMU educators to ensure effective classroom implementation.  The Education Coordinator is also responsible for scheduling and monitoring all classroom instruction provided to cadets by EMNU, in addition to assessing the effectiveness of all educational programs delivered to the cadets.  In addition, the position meets with cadets to provide guidance on how to best take advantage of available courses.



The secretary is responsible for providing administrative assistance to the directors, in addition to aiding staff and cadets in support of the National Guard Bureau program mission and guidelines.  In addition to clerical duties, the position serves as the front desk for the administration building and will greet/screen all visitors before providing access to the secure building.

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

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