1. How old does my child have to be eligible for ChalleNGe?
Your child must be 16 before the first day of class. Your child cannot turn 20 before the last day of class.
2. How much does it cost?
The program is state and federally funded. There are no tuition or application fees.
3. Does my child have to be withdrawn from school to apply?
If your child is enrolled in school, it is not recommended you withdraw him. An applicant that has already withdrawn can submit the form.
4. What class will my child be able to enter?
Applications are accepted and processed for the next available class. Our next class is on October , 2010.
5. How long does the program last?
Residential phase lasts 22 weeks. Post Residential phase lasts 12 months.
6. Can my child be forced to attend?
NO! The Youth ChalleNGe Program takes only applicants who volunteer for the program.
7. Will my child receive a high school diploma?
Yes! Your child has to pass the clases in order to receive the High School Diploma
8. Does my child have to join the military after graduation?
No. Even though the ASVAB test is given to all students, the goal of this program is the High School Diploma.
9.My child is taking prescription medication. How is this handled?
The Program medical staff will administer prescription and non prescription medications to all cadets as required.
10.What items can I send to my cadet?
The only items you may send are additional clothing such as, (T- shirts, underwear, tennis shoes), writing supplies, stamps and personal hygiene products.If you are unsure about an item please contact the academy to check if it is permitted.
11.What is the hardest part of the program?
The first two weeks at the Program are the hardest for many cadets. You are learning to adapt to a new environment. Everything is new and you must learn to adjust to your new life style. You are learning to share a room with 3 other people. You must learn to take quick showers, make your bunk and many other things.
12.Do I get to go home to visit?
Yes. You are given two or three passes during the class.