With our ChalleNGe program the Arizona National Guard has been able to fill a void by providing a challenging military-based educational program in residence for high school dropouts who desire to succeed; thereby keeping with the theme developed by the National Guard Bureau of "Adding Value to
-The Adjutant General of
Arizona Project ChalleNGe is one of the original 10 pilot programs established in 1993 by the Department of Defense through HQ National Guard Bureau in Washington, DC. This was a volunteer program for young men and women between the ages of 16 through 18 who were High School drop-outs. The Program operated under Eight Core Components: Leadership/Followership, Service to the Community, Job Skills, Health and Hygiene, Academic Excellence, Physical Fitness, Life-Coping Skills and Responsible Citizenship. A cadet in the program had the opportunity to recover High School Credits, possibly earn their High School Diploma through Sequoia Choice of Arizona School and selected eligible cadets could test for and possibly receive their GED. The program did not have open enrollment, two classes were conducted annually with start dates in January and July.
The program was set up in three parts.
Part 1: Is a 2 week Acclimation period. Applicants were not officially in the program while participating in the Acclimation training. Applicants had to successfully complete Part 1 to be eligible to enter Part 2 of the program.
Part 2: Cadets were officially accepted into the program and began the five month In-Residence phase. Cadets who successfully completed the program and graduated would enter Part 3 of the program.
Part 3: Cadets then entered the Post-Residential Program. Graduates were still obligated to the program for 12 months following graduation. Graduates were required to telephonically (or e-mail) keep in contact with the program on their progress. In addition, the graduate had to be working successfully with their selected mentor, who was obligated to provide progress reports on the graduate during the 12 month Post-Residential phase.