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.


THE CIVILIAN STUDENT TRAINING PROGRAM (CSTP) 

 

CSTP is open to juvenile court ordered male participants ages 13 to 17 years old. CSTP is an eight or nine-week residential program followed by a one year after care/mentorship phase designed to assist youth in transitioning their lifestyles.

The program teaches behavior management, criminal behavior deterrence, citizenship, physical fitness, academic and life skills, and community service.

Since its inception in 1993, CSTP has graduated 6,939 students of which more than 816 have earned their GED certifi cate through the program. In addition to academic achievement, CSTP’s success is measured by its 85 percent non-repeat offender rate for graduates.

You can reach CSTP at:

 (501) 212-5363 

After Hours (501) 212-5213

THE YOUTH CHALLENGE PROGRAM (YCP) 

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 ARYouthChalleNGe.com


Arkansas National Guard Youth Programs


 

THE CIVILIAN STUDENT TRAINING PROGRAM (CSTP)

(501) 212-5363

After Hours (501) 212-5213

 

Youth ChalleNGe

(501) 212-5565

(800) 814-8453

ARYouthChalleNGe.com