Delaware National Guard partners with Youth ChalleNGe

NEW CASTLE — The Delaware National Guard, Delaware Department of Education, and the Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy have joined to provide Delaware youth, ages 16-18, with opportunities for personal growth, self-improvement, and academic achievement.

The National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe program is for high school dropouts, those no longer attending, and those failing in high school. The Youth ChalleNGe program is a highly structured military styled, non-traditional educational environment that integrates training, mentoring, tough love, and diverse educational and extracurricular activities.

The Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy is a 17-1/2 month program that offers at-risk youth the opportunity to get a GED after a 22-week in-resident program located in Laurel, Md.

The Delaware National Guard is offering 15 seats in the upcoming class.

There is no cost for tuition, room, or meals. The start date for the next class is July 15. Interested candidates should apply by June 15.

The requirements for the program are as follows:

•16-18 years old

•No violent or felony offenses and cannot currently have charges pending

•No history of mental disorders

•Students who dropped out or are in the process of dropping out of high school.

The Delaware National Guard will be conducting information briefings for those who want to learn more about the program on the following dates:

June 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Smyrna Readiness Center, 103 Artisan Drive in Smyrna.

June 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Georgetown Readiness Center, 109 W. Pine St. Georgetown

June 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Delaware National Guard Headquarters, 1 Vavala Way in New Castle.

To enroll in the Youth ChalleNGe Program, visit, call 202-730-1579 or email:

For more information about the information briefings, or the Youth ChalleNGe Program, pcontact Karen Hughes at 302-326-7102, or email:

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