Youth ChalleNGe Program Core Components
  • Flight GuidonLeadership/Followership: Identification and application of individual moral and ethical standards is the focus of the various roles and responsibilities as the cadets live and learn in a structured group environment.
  • Responsible Citizenship: The U.S. Government structure and processes, along with individual rights and responsibilities at the local, state and national level are addressed in the classroom environment, in the student government process, and through practical experiences within local communities.
  • Service to Community: A minimum of 40 hours of service to the community and/or conservation project activities are performed by each cadet in groups and on an individual basis. These activities provide additional opportunities for career exploration as well as enhancing community-needs awareness in cadets.
  • Life-Coping Skills: Increased self-esteem and self-discipline are gained through a combination of classroom activities and a structured living environment. The development of individual strategies and coping mechanisms for managing personal finance and dealing with such emotions as anger, grief, frustration and stress are developed through structured group discussion and in the classroom environment.
  • Log CarryPhysical Fitness: Programs conduct a physical fitness program using the President’s Challenge, a test battery based on data collected from a variety of sources including the 1985 President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports National School Population Fitness Survey, the Amateur Athletic Union Physical Fitness Program and the Canada Fitness Award Program.
  • Health and Hygiene: A holistic approach that combines physical and mental well-being as cadets explore the effects of substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases on their physical health and well-being. Cadets learn the physical and emotional benefits of proper nutrition through participation in classes and structured group discussions.
  • Mock Interview DayJob Skills: Career exploration is accomplished through career assessment and interest inventories, job-specific skills orientation and awareness, and training in area vocational centers. Specific classroom activities focus on development of individual resumes, completing job applications and preparation for, and conduct of job interviews.
  • Academic Excellence: All ChalleNGe participants attend daily academic classes preparing them for testing for the General Education Development (GED) credential, a high school diploma, or increased math and reading comprehension. Evaluation of a cadet’s grade level progress during the Residential Phase is measured using the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) testing process.