What is the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy?
During the late 1980's, the Rockefeller Foundation identified the need in our country to provide opportunities for young people working to overcome problems in their lives that include being a high school dropout. In 1991 the Joint Armed Services Committee directed the National Guard to develop a plan to "add value to America by providing values, skills, education and self-discipline to young people incorporating the structure and esprit de corps found in the military model". The National Youth ChalleNGe program began operating in 1993 under Public Law 102-484. West Virginia is proud to be one of the original programs.
The mission of the Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy is to train and mentor selected at-risk youth to become contributing members of society using the 8 Core Components in a quasi-military environment during a 22-week residential and one year Post-Residential follow-up program.