The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is one of the most successful programs designed to serve high school dropouts. Over 113,000 cadets have graduated since 1993. Of these, over 60% have earned their GED or high school diploma while in the program, nearly double the average pass rate for the same target age group.

National Youth ChalleNGe Program Wins

  • 59% of 2012 ChalleNGe graduates received their high school diploma or GED.
  • 45% joined the workforce.
  • 41% continued their education.
  • 7% joined the military.
  • Program participants have donated nearly 8 million hours of community service during the program’s 16-year duration.
  • Programs have awarded graduates nearly 69,500 academic credentials.
  • Over 113,000 teens have graduated.

Grizzly Youth Academy Awards

  • National Mentoring Award 2001
  • California State Champion for Military Drill 2002, 2003
  • Atascadero Colony Days Parade, 2002, 2004, 2005­ Best Marching Group
  • San Luis Obispo Red Ribbon Day Parade, 2002­ Best Marching Group
  • The 2003 Lieutenant General Herbert R. Temple Leadership Award
  • Best All-Around Program in the nation 2005
  • Innovation Award 2006
  • Health and Hygiene Award 2006
  • Best Post Residential Performance Award 2007
  • California School Boards Association 29th Annual Golden Bell Award 2008
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society Outstanding Volunteer Organization of the Year 2009
  • California Cadet Corps State Drill Competition, Los Alamitos, Armed Exhibition Team, 2nd Plt -2009
  • California Cadet Corp State Drill Competition, Los Alamitos, Senior Div. Unarmed Exibitition 3rd Plt 2009
  • Cambria Lions Club Pinerado Parade Best Youth Entry Award 2010
  • Cambria Lions Club Pinerado Parade Non-Musical Drill Team Junior Division 2010