New London and Salemburg
844-880-5206 or 800-573-9966

National Guard YCP

Learn more about the National Guard Youth Challenge Program and its mission to assist the country’s at risk 16-18 year olds.

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Become a Cadet

Teens 16-18 years of age can apply to become a cadet in the TCA program.  Applications can be  completed and submitted online.

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Become a Mentor

Mentors are an integral key to success for cadets by guiding them to the next stage of their life.  Apply today to help make a difference!

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The Mission of

Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy

To provide intervention and reclamation for 16-18 year old high school dropouts, produce program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens.

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North Carolina’s first National Guard Youth Challenge Program began in the eastern part of the state in Sampson County. Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy officially opened their doors to Class 01 on March 28, 1994 and Class  62 began on Saturday, January 6, 2024.  Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy – Salemburg has graduated more than six thousand youths from their program since its inception more than 25 years ago.  To date, the ChalleNGe program in North Carolina has graduated more than 7000 youths since the establishment of the program in the state.

New London

With a dropout rate of 1 out of 5 high school students in North Carolina schools according to the National Center for Education Statistics, there was a recognized need for a second Youth Challenge Program site and New London was chosen. Work began on the facilities in the spring of 2015 and Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy – New London opened their doors to Class 01 on Sunday, November 15, 2015 and the first class of cadets graduated from the program on Thursday, April 21, 2016.  The New London campus  began Class 62 on April 13, 2024 and graduates from the New London site now total over 1000.

Kaley Caperton
National Guard Youth Foundation Spokesperson

Kaley Caperton has been named the spokesperson for the National Guard Youth Foundation.  Kaley has performed at the ChalleNGe Champions Gala in DC several times.  She has also performed at the Louisiana, Georgia and California ChalleNGe galas, and National Guard events across the country.  View her music video “Red, White and Beautiful” filmed at the Salemburg campus.

Would you like
a rewarding job
helping to redirect
at-risk youth?

Our positions include opportunities in education, dining facility, operations and administrative staff as well as other support positions. Staff members at TCA are employed with the state of North Carolina, Department of Public Safety earning state benefits and retirement. Open positions are announced on the Office of State Human Resources – North Carolina website and all applications are completed electronically. Click below to search our open positions.


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The lessons I learned helped me move forward in life, to obtain my GED, how to be squared away, and how to be patient. After graduation I joined the United States Navy and it has been the best decision I have made, thank you TCA.

Langston Avens

Quartermaster, US Navy
TCA Salemburg Class 43

As parents we are so grateful for all Tarheel Challenge Academy has taught our son. He is using his experience at TCA to make positive changes toward his goals of attending the Citadel and joining the United States Air Force.

Noelle Rasmussen

Mother, Cadet Paul Ratke 
TCA New London Class 50

This program taught me discipline, gave me confidence, and showed me that anything worth having is worth fighting for. This program gave me a second chance and the ability to prove that I was not just another statistic.

Kristen Glass

MS Early Childhood Studies 
TCA Salemburg Class 24

New London

215 N. Main Street
PO Box 6
New London, NC 28127

(704) 961-9662 Toll Free (844) 880-5206 Fax (704) 463-0122


600 NE Main Street 
PO Box 39 
Salemburg, NC 28385 

(910) 525-5520   Toll Free (800) 573-9966   Fax (910) 525-5821