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Frequent Asked Questions

How long is the Academy?

The Puerto Rico Youth ChalleNGe Academy is divided by 3 phases. Acclimation, Residential and Post Residential. Acclimation is 2 weeks, were you spend your first days in our facilities. The Residential Phase is 20 weeks right after acclimation and you will be staying with us at the Academy. The Post- Residential is a 1 year follow up where you go back home and start your goals in hand with your mentor and your case manager. 

Do I get my High School Diploma?

During the Residential Phase, you will be attending classes to obtain your High School Diploma. Puerto Rico Youth ChalleNGe Academy has an operating license A – 68-03.  The Academic Program is provided in an accelerated face-to-face modality. The Academy is Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Educational Institutions (CADIE).

Do I have to join the military service after the program?

Only if it is your choice. Currently only the 10% of our graduates join the military service. We will guide you to achieve your post graduation goals, educational or labor. The Academy is part of the communitary mission of the Puerto Rico National Guard.

I was part of the Special Education Program, can I participate?

Our teachers are licensed by the Department of Education, and they are trained to work with all the students. We also have Support Teachers that will help the Cadets during class hours or during Tutoring to help them achieve their academic goal. 

We are not part of the Department of Education, yet we consider the accomodations of the Individualized Educational Program (or PEI).


Who we Are

The National Guard Youth Challenge Program (NGYCP) was established by the National Guard in 1993 to turn around the lives of young men and women between the ages of 16 and 18 who are experiencing difficulty in completing traditional high school.

The Puerto Rico Youth ChalleNGe Academy is a non-profit organization attached to the Community Mission of the Puerto Rico National Guard since 1999, as an educational and life transformation alternative for young school dropouts and those in risk behavior on the island.
Over the past twenty-five years, the Academy has rescued and graduated over 7,000 young people, granting them a high school diploma along with a life structure that allows them to become responsible citizens of our country with achievable goals of study and employment.

Our Staff

Matilde Almodóvar

Program Director

Fernando Quiñones

Joseline García

Axel Cardona

Deputy Director

Program Coordinator

Program Training Coordinator

Luis Torres

Budget Officer

Edgardo Soto

Michael Rodríguez

Dennise González

Public Affairs Officer

RPM Coordinator

Lead Counselor

María Vega

Carlos Pérez

Carmen Ramos

Armando Colón

Management information Specialist

Logistics Supervisor

 Dining Facilities Administration Center Supervisor

1SG Kenny Rentas

Luz Colón

María T. Pérez

Cadre Staff Supervisor

Lead Instructor

Outreach and Marketing Specialist

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The Puerto Rico Youth ChalleNGe Academy is part of the community labor mission from the Puerto Rico National Guard



787-731-3633 Ext. 1448

PO Box 1411
Juana Díaz PR. 00795
na Díaz PR. 00795


Monday - Friday

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


149 Rd. km. 73.3

Building 156, Fort Allen,

Juana Díaz, 00795

GAM Tower

Calle Tabonuco #2

Guaynabo, PR

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