Overview of the ChalleNGe Program



List the eight core components for cadets in NGYCP.

Be exposed to the principles and attributes of NGYCP.

Consider benefits of mentoring.

Key Points

The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP) is a free, co-educational, preventative program for high school dropouts aged 16-18 years old.  The mission is “to intervene in the lives of at-risk youth and produce program graduates with the values, skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults.” The program accomplishes this mission through a structured 17 ½ month program that gives youth the opportunity to improve life skills and employment potential through development in core component areas

ChalleNGe is managed by the National Guard Bureau. The program embraces a “quasi-military” philosophy. Quasi means “resembling somebody or something in some ways, but not the same.” The program is based on principles such as self-discipline, teamwork, self-esteem, personal responsibility, ethics, goal setting, and community service. ChalleNGe is not a boot camp. Program graduates are not in any way required or expected to enlist in the military upon graduation. Cadets self-select into the program and are not forced into the program.


___ Review the Resources

___ Complete Activities

___ Complete the Module 2 assessment



Mentoring Benefits to Cadet Mentoring Benefits to Mentor
Improve academic performance Increased feelings of self-worth;
Reduce the likelihood of dropping out of the ChalleNGe Program Collaborative problem solving
Reduces the incidence of high risk behaviors such as substance use and abuse, carrying a weapon, unsafe sex and violence Increased social and volunteer activity
Helps young people live up to their academic, emotional and social potential Increased patience
Helps develop the competence and character to succeed as adults Improvement in relationships with other family members and unanticipated enjoyment in activities with youth
A feeling of effectiveness
Development of a new skill (listening and working with people)
Expanded social network


Can you list additional benefits to mentoring for the mentor? Mentee? Society?  Why did you decide to be a mentor?  Can you find your reason within the list? If not, add it.

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