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.Learn More
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.Apply Today
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!Apply Today
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.
the tca story
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 60 began on Saturday, January 7, 2023. Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy – Salemburg has graduated more than 5,000 youths from their program since its inception more than 25 years ago. To date, the ChalleNGe program in North Carolina has graduated more than 6600 youths since the establishment of the program in the state.
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 60 on April 15, 2023 and graduates from the New London site now total over 1000.
National Guard Youth Foundation
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.
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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.SEARCH OPEN POSITIONS
TCA – NL Drill and Ceremony
On Saturday, May 13, 2023 TCA New London held the class drill and ceremony exercises.[…]
TCA Salemburg Camp Bower
Cadets engaged in rappelling exercises on the rappelling/zip-lining tower located on the 1000 acre reservation[…]
TCA-Salemburg Cadets Participate in the North Carolina General Assembly House Page Program
Select cadets from the Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy-Salemburg Class-60, recently participated in the “Youth Learning Through[…]
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.
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.
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.
MS Early Childhood Studies
TCA Salemburg Class 24
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