Arkansas National Guard Youth Programs




   Arkansas National Guard Youth Programs

The Arkansas National Guard adds value to communities across the state by administering the two youth programs. 

The Youth ChalleNGe Program and Civilian Student Training Program reshape the future of at-risk youth. 

Participants in these programs come from every community in the state. By instilling discipline, confidence, accountability and education these programs help young people become successful, contributing members of their communities.





YCP is a voluntary program open to males and females ages 16 – 18 years old. 

These at risk youths receive the structure and educational development needed to get on a better course for their life. The YCP is 75 percent federally funded. 

Arkansas’ YCP has graduated 3,691 cadets during its 24 years of operation. The program’s 22-week residential phase focuses on education and community service. 

In 2017, 204 cadets completed 12,240 hours of community service. The YCP has a 75 percent graduation rate. More than 90 percent of those graduates are now employed, continuing their education or serving in the military. 

The Arkansas Legislature and the Arkansas Department of Education have recognized the impact the YCP imparts to our youth. As of September of 2015 school districts across the state may give credits towards core subjects or electives to graduates of the YCP. 

Youth Challenge is currently expanding its existing facilities to better serve its students and increase the number of youth it can serve each year. 

The Youth ChalleNGe Program can be reached at: 

(501) 212-5565 or 1 (800) 814-8453 or via the web at


Youth ChalleNGe

(501) 212-5565

(800) 814-8453