New Mexico National Guard Youth Challenge Academy provides training, discipline, and mentoring

Getting kids on the right path toward success, the New Mexico National Guard Youth Challenge Academy is a volunteer program for youth ages 16 to 18 who are struggling in a traditional high school and have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out.

The program offers youth the opportunity to earn a GED, vocational job skills training, college credits, and valuable life coping and job skills necessary to become productive members of their community.

Recruiting and mentor supervisor Sabrina Lara explains that the program is a 22-week quasi-military residential phase in which cadets will be taken out of their home environment and will live in Roswell. During the residential phase of the program, cadets will focus on individual development through training of the 8 Core Component which is designed to promote healthy, life-long skills.

Following the residential phase, cadets will participate in a 12-month post-residential phase where they will meet with the cadet’s mentor who will help them stay on track.

The first Open House will be held on November 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A second Open House will take place on December 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Class begins on January 12, 2020, with a deadline to submit applications on December 1.

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