History & Mission

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is making a difference! The program was established in 1993 with 41 programs in 32 states throughout the United States. NGYCP currently operates 40 programs in 28 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Since its beginning, more than 174,000 students have graduated.

Our Mission

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, a preventive rather than remedial “youth at risk” program, targets unemployed, drug-free, high school dropouts, 16–18 years of age. Core components of the program are citizenship, academic excellence (GED/high school diploma), life-coping skills, service to community, health and hygiene, job skills training, leadership/followership, and physical training.

Award-Winning & Community-Based

This award-winning program has been recognized as one of the nation’s most effective and cost-efficient programs for targeting youth who are at the greatest risk for substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency, and criminal activity.

Participating States and U.S. Territories

Alaska

Arkansas 

California

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland 

Michigan 

Mississippi

Montana

Nevada

New Jersey

New Mexico

North Carolina

Oklahoma

Oregon

Puerto Rico

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming