The Puerto Rico Youth ChalleNGe Academy is an educational alternative that is sponsored by the National Guard and is located at Fort Allen, Juana Diaz. The Program’s mission is to intervene in the life of at risk youth who are high school dropouts and produce graduates with the values, skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults and become productive law abiding citizens. 

ChalleNGe, is co-educational and consists of three phases: the first phase is a two week adjustment phase known as Acclimation Phase, the second phase consists of 20 weeks for cadets to make basic lifestyle changes and focus on eight core components known as Residential Phase, and the third phase consists of 12 months where the cadet and mentor link up to follow through with the cadets life plans known as the Post-Residential Phase.


The goal is to improve the cadet’s vital skills and enhance their potential for future job employment, by obtaining basic military training and the eight core components that develop the whole person in terms of mind, body and personal values:


  • Academic Excellence, classes and tutoring for cadets to obtain a high school diploma.

  • Leadership/Followership, learn positive leadership and followership responsibilities.

  • Job Skills, learn employment, resume writing, job interview and career exploration skills.

  • Life Coping Skills, obtain skills to manage daily situations and financial management.

  • Responsible Citizenship, understand civic responsibilities.

  • Physical Fitness, improve fitness with daily exercise and intramural sports.

  • Health and Hygiene, awareness on nutrition, substance abuse, personal relationships and sexuality.

  • Service to the Community, to give back to the community by completing a minimum of 40 hours of service.


The Puerto Rico Youth ChalleNGe Academy recruits approximately 250 candidates and graduates about 220 cadets each cycle (2 cycles per year). 


In 2006, the Puerto Rico Council of Education accredited ChalleNGe as an institution authorized to offer a high school diploma; thus guaranteeing that the Puerto Rico Youth ChalleNGe Academy’s educational program exceeds high standards. The Puerto Rico National Guard is extremely committed with the Puerto Rican youth and with a combination of community services, military structure and an educational alternative supports the healthy development of these future leaders.

Carr. #149 km. 73.3 Building 305, Fort Allen, Juana Diaz PR 00795


(787) 260-1757

(939) 401-1326

(787) 731-3633 ext. 1448

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