Mission of the Academy
Thunderbird Youth Academy provides GED and High School Credit Recovery opportunities for Oklahoma's at-risk youth; Effecting a positive change through the core components of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program;
•Health and Hygiene
•Life Coping Skills
•Service to the Community
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The National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is a residential program that leads, trains and mentors 16-18 year old high school dropouts so that they may become productive citizens in America’s future.
This award-winning program has been recognized as one of the nation’s most effective and cost efficient programs for targeting youth who are at the greatest risk for substance abuse, teen pregnancy, delinquency, and criminal activity.
Youth ChalleNGe Program Success
•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 20-year duration.
•Programs have awarded graduates nearly 69,500 academic credentials.
•Over 113,000 teens have graduated.
Other States With Youth ChalleNGe Programs:
Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.