Parents FAQs


1.What is the Tarheel ChalleNGe
 Program?
The Tarheel ChalleNGe Program consists of muti-phased intervention program; targets high school dropouts between the ages of 16 and 18; is comprised of a structured, disciplined 5 1/2 month Residential Phase focusing on education and practical life skills followed by a 12 month Post-Residential Phase involving skilled and trained Mentors supporting Graduates engaged in positive, durable placement. 

 2.How can my child apply to Tarheel ChalleNGe?
Each ChalleNGe program overseas its own admissions process. Prospective cadets should contact local programs directly to learn about specific application requirements and deadlines. Please check out the “About ChalleNGe” Navagational button section for qualifications and to start the application process

3.Will my child be able to get a HSE (High School Equivalency) at Tarheel ChalleNGe?
Every ChalleNGe program offers academic classes. Many youth are able to obtain their HSE during the 5 1/2-month Residential Phase, but in order to graduate from the program it is expected that all youth raise their math and reading levels.

4.Is Military service an option after graduating from the Tarheel ChalleNGe program?
If Military service is a goal after graduation, during the program they will have the opportunity to learn more about how to prepare themselves for the possibility of military service.

5.Is this a voluntary program?
Yes. All youth participating in Tarheel ChalleNGe must do so Voluntary.

6.Are there any costs to participants of this program?
No. This program is offered free of charge to its participants.

7.What is the cost per student and who pays for it?
The Tarheel ChalleNGe Program is one of the most cost-effective programs for high-risk youth in the nation. It cost approximately &14,000 for each youth to complete the 17 1/2- month program. These funds are provided by federal and state partnerships.

8.When did the program begin?
The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program began as a ten-state pilot program in 1993 by act of Congress. Tarheel ChalleNGe was one of these pilot programs. In 1998, following a comparehensive evaluation, Congress approved the ChalleNGe as a permanent program.

9.What are the plans for Tarheel ChalleNGe program?
It is hoped that the Tarheel ChalleNGe program will be extended to western region of North Carolina in Stanly county, Program leaders expect that the program will reach more youths each year. When this extended site becomes operational.

Frequently Asked Medical Questions

10.What is Medical Mission at Tarheel ChalleNGe?
The Mission of the Medical Section at Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy is to ensure that all cadets remain healthy while in residence. This mission is met by providing daily sick call, distribution of physician prescribed medications, weekly barracks inspections and adherence to the core competency of Heath & Hygiene. The Health & Hygiene consists of classes and briefings on hygiene, substance abuse prevention, nutrition and safe lifestyle choices.

11.My child takes medication for ASTHMA, is this disqualifying?
No.. asthma is not considered disqualifying for admission into the academy. Many cadets routinely carry their inhalers and make it successfully through the program. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure the cadets has sufficient inhaler and other medication to properly treat the cadet’s condition as directed by the cadet’s physician.

12.What medical conditions are disqualifying?
No medical conditions automatically disqualify any applicant. However, every participant must be able to successfully complete the 8 Core Components, one of which is Physical Fitness.

13.What happens if my child gets injured while attending the Academy?
All injured cadets are brought to the medical section by Academy staff members where they are assessed and evaluated. Injuries that can be treated within the scope of practice of medical section are treated and the cadets returned to their daily activity. Injuries requiring immediate medical attention beyond the scope of care of our medical section are transported to the local civilian hospital. Parents/Guardians are notified after a cadet is evaluated and treated by licensed physician.

14.Why is a physical required prior to admission to the Academy?
All cadets require a physical examination by licensed physician to ensure all cadets arrive at the Academy in a healthy state. The rigors of Academy life are many and a healthy cadet has a greater chance od successful completion. Additionally, a physical examination may disclose a previously undiagnosed medical condition which may require special attention or medication.

15.If my child has already received all their immunizations do they need to get them all over again?
No. You will be required to bring a copy of your child’s current immunization record, verified by the appropriate medical staff person, at the time of in-processing. All immunizations required for admission into Tarheel ChalleNGe must be received. Special attention must be given to Hepatitis B, Meningococcal and Varicella as these are all required for admission into the Academy. Your child will not be admitted without a verified copy of their immunization record.

16.Why do you need copies of my medical/pharmacy insurance card?
When care is required beyond the scope of practice of the Academy medical facility cadets are tyransported to local civilian hospital for treatment. Proof of medical insurance as evidenced by the copy you provide to us assists the treating hospital in providing timely care for your child. All co-pays required by your private insurance remain Parent/Guardian responsibility.