The Academy incorporates best practices in positive youth development from both educational and military models. 

How can challenge benefit your child? 

Montana Youth Challenge gives youth who have dropped out of high school, or are at-risk of dropping out, a proven opportunity to turn their lives around. There is no cost to families.

The program is voluntary. Prospective cadets must be prepared to complete 5 1/2 months in residence, followed by a 12-month post-residential period.

Montana Youth Challenge is a partnership between the Montana National Guard and the State of Montana. We provide a safe haven where student-cadets can learn and grow in a highly structured and disciplined environment.

During the residential phase, cadets develop essential skills and increase the potential for completing the full program with confidence

Every student creates an action plan for their continued success after graduation. These action plans encompass a student’s short term and long term goals for education, career, and living situation, to ensure a successful transition from Montana Youth Challenge. 

During the post-residential phase, cadets further strengthen the skills and habits developed during the residential phase. They stay in regular contact with their mentor and case manager, supporting their commitment to continue making positive choices for their future.

More than 80% of our graduates are still gainfully employed, enrolled in school, or enlisted in the military four years after the program.