Q:How long is the program?

A: The program is 17 1/2 months total - 22 weeks (5 1/2 months) Residential Phase followed by the 12 month Post-Residential Phase.


Q:Is there an age limit?

A:Yes, the applicants must be 16-18 years of age.  They have to be 16 on or before the start of the class, and no older than 18 on day one of the class. 


Q:How much does the program cost?

A:Enrollment into the program is FREE. There will be an out of pocket cost for families if a youth is accepted.  This is providing items on a packling list that will be sent with an acceptance letter along with a money order for $120 to serve as emergency funds for incidental expenses such as medical co-pays or lost/damaged equipment that needs to be replaced.  The money is returned upon completion or dismissal of the program. 


Q:What are the Qualifications for my child?

A:Young men and women, 16-18 years of age upon entry into the program. Not Currently attending school, or does not have credits to graduate. Physically and Mentally capable of completing 22 week residential program. Not currently on or have ever been on probation for felony crimes. Drug free upon entry into program Volunteer for program. Legal Resident of New Mexico with a NM ID. 


Q:Can I visit my child while attending the program?

A:  Visits are prescheduled for each class. There are 2-7hour off site visits and a 2-day furlough each cycle.  The visitation schedule is posted under the events tab, as well as on our Facebook page. 


Q:Can the cadet receive and send mail?

A:Yes. Mail is delivered to cadets Monday-Friday.  During the Acclimation Phase, candidates can only RECEIVE mail, and will begin writing when they successfully complete the first two weeks. 


Q:Is the GED certificate guaranteed?

A: No, the cadet must pass the GED test in order to receive the certificate.


Q:Does my child have to be in trouble with the law?

A:No, Any youth that is failing academically and/or behaviorally. Any youth that is in danger of getting seriously involved in the Juvenile correctional system. 


Q:  Will I need to send my cadet money while they are enrolled in the program?

A:  No.  NMNGYCA provides everything the cadet will need while they are enrolled, this includes but is not limited to:

  • Daily Uniforms
  • School Supplies
  • Meals
  • Snacks
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