The purpose of the District of Columbia National Guard ChalleNGe Program is to educate, train and motivate at-risk youth, ages 16-18. The ChalleNGe uses a quasi-military model and emphasizes academics, physical training and discipline. The program provides cadets from the opportunity to develop the strength of character and life skills necessary to become successful, responsible citizens.
Core components of the program are:
· Responsible Citizenship
· Academic Excellence
· Life-Coping Skills
· Service to Community
· Health and Hygiene
· Job Skills Training
· Physical Fitness
The ChalleNGe Program is a 22 week residential camp administered by the District of Columbia National Guard for at-risk youth, that is followed by a year-long mentoring relationship with a specially trained mentor from the youth's community.
The program is FREE to any struggling youth in the District that is looking for a way to change his/her life. For more information, visit http://www.ngycp.org/state/dc/ or call the ChalleNGe at 202-685-8899.