The Delaware National Guard, Delaware Department of Education and the Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy have joined to provide Delaware youth ages 16-18 with opportunities for personal growth, self-improvement and academic achievement.

The National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe program is for high school dropouts, those no longer attending and those failing in high school. The program is a structured military styled, non-traditional educational environment that integrates training, mentoring and diverse educational and extracurricular activities.

The Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy is a 17.5-month program that offers at-risk youth the opportunity to get a GED after a 22-week in-resident program located in Laurel, Maryland.

The Delaware National Guard is offering 12 seats in the upcoming class. There is no cost for tuition, room or meals. The start date for the next class is July 15. Interested candidates should apply by July 1.

Participants must be ages 16-18, have no violent or felony offenses and no charges pending, have no history of mental disorders and must have dropped out or are in the process of dropping out of high school.

The Delaware National Guard will be conducting information briefings for those who want to learn more about the program. The dates are as follows:

— 1-3 p.m. March 21, Delaware National Guard Headquarters, 250 Airport Road, New Castle.

— 1-3 p.m. March 28, Seaford Armory, 601 Bridgeville Highway.

— 1-3 p.m. April 11, Smyrna Readiness Center, 103 Artisan Drive.

— 1-3 p.m. May 9, Delaware National Guard Headquarters.

— 1-3 p.m. June 6, Smyrna Readiness Center.

To enroll in the Youth ChalleNGe Program, visit cgyca.org, call 202-730-1579 or email info@cgyca.org.

For information, call 326-7102, or email Karen.m.hughes18.nfg@mail.mil.