Virginia National Guard ~ ChalleNGe Program

The Commonwealth ChalleNGe Program works with 16-18 year old “at-risk” youth to develop values, skills, education and self-discipline in their lives.  The program is located at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach and serves youth from the entire state of Virginia.  The program is based on eight core components that enable youth to focus and make positive improvements during their five and half month residential journey toward graduation.  This program also gives cadets the opportunity to attain the GED. The mission of Commonwealth ChalleNGe is to intervene in the life of at-risk youth by providing the values, skills, education and self-discipline needed to produce responsible, productive citizens, and to do so in a highly disciplined atmosphere.

Twenty-six classes have completed Commonwealth ChalleNGe since its inception in September 1994. As of June 2006, over 2500 cadets have graduated the program.  After graduation, cadets enter a 12 month post-residential phase.  During this time graduates meet regularly with a mentor from their community and strive toward goals they developed while in residence.  Successful graduates of Commonwealth ChalleNGe are expected to enter employment, continue their education, or enter the military. 
The cadets perform service to the community in many organizations, for example: Virginia Beach Convention Center, SPCA, NAS Oceana Commissary and the Virginia Aquarium. They are also called upon to assist with local events such as Marathons, Adopt a Highway, and parades.  Giving cadets an opportunity to give back to the community.

Commonwealth ChalleNGe has two classes a year, one in January and one in June. An invitation is extended to everyone to visit the ChalleNGe Program at the State Military Reservation on Camp Pendleton in Virginia Beach.  If you would like to learn more information about the program or would like to visit please contact the recruiter at 757-491-5932, 1-800-796-6472 or visit our website.