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Applicants must be between the ages of 15 1/2 to 18 years old to apply.

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Applicants must volunteer for our program.

This means they can not be forced by their parent/guardian, school, court, etc. 

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Examples include:

  • Failing Classes.  
  • Truancy. 
  • School issues due to lack of resources. 

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Applicants must be a legal resident of California. 


Applicants must live within the counties we service:

  • Fresno                                         
  • Inyo
  • Kern
  • Kings
  • Lancaster 
  • Madera
  • Merced 
  • Monterey
  • Palmdale
  • San Benito
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Santa Clara
  • Tulare
  • Ventura

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Applicant must be clear of felony charges and have no pending court proceedings. 


We offer a highly-structured environment that promotes leadership, cooperation, and academic skills, while building self-esteem, pride, and confidence.

Our cadets stay with us residentially for total of 5 1/2 months, and we keep in touch for a year after the cadet graduates.


If accepted, the cadet earns a $22,000 scholarship that covers tuition, uniforms, food, room and board, and books. 

Cadets are only responsible for buying hygiene items, grooming essentials, running shoes and other personal items. The rest is covered at no-cost to the family. 


That is one year's worth of high school credits in half the amount of time. 

Students will also take one college course, Drivers Ed and obtain their Food Handler's Certificate. 

To further prepare our Cadet's, they will also do mock job interviews, create a resume, and complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service. 


The mission of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of 16-18 year old high school dropouts. Graduates leave the program with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens.

At this time there are 40 ChalleNGe programs in 30 states and Puerto Rico.


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