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Reclaiming the lives of at-risk youth, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education and self-discipline to succeed as productive citizens.
Youth Challenge is an alternative program which offers youth, who have dropped out of school or are not progressing, the opportunity to change their future. Participants looking for a way to succeed outside of a traditional school setting learn self discipline, leadership, and responsibility while working to obtain their high school diploma or equivalency.
The National Guard Youth Challenge Program, a preventive rather than remedial at-risk youth program, targets voluntary participants, 16 to 18 years of age, who have dropped out of school or are not satisfactorily progressing, are unemployed or under employed, drug-free, and crime-free.
The National Guard Youth Challenge Program is a community-based program that leads, trains and mentors 16-18 year old so that they may become productive citizens in America’s future.
The rhythm of boots marching in unison echoes off the surrounding buildings as a cadet with the Maryland National Guard’s Freestate Challenge Academy marches his platoon to the academy’s mess hall, Nov.17, 2015.
For cadets at the academy—part of the National Guard’s Youth Challenge Program, which provides a path for “at-risk” youth to receive a GED or high school diploma—marching is an everyday part of life at the academy where a military-style boot camp environment is used to create structure and build discipline among cadets.
All eyes are on the platoon leader as cadets at the Maryland National Guard’s Freestate Challenge Academy wait in formation for the command to enter the academy’s mess hall for lunch, Nov. 17, 2015.
Part of the National Guard’s Youth Challenge program, the Freestate Academy follows a quasi-military program of instruction as a way to instill discipline and esprit-de-corps in cadets.