The Delaware National Guard, Delaware Department of Education and the Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy have joined to provide 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 military styled, non-traditional educational environment that integrates training, mentoring and diverse educational and extracurricular activities.

The Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy is a program that offers at-risk youth the opportunity to get a GED after a 22-week in-resident program located in Laurel, Maryland. This program is for students who cannot conform to a traditional learning environment and are willing to learn but need discipline.

The Delaware National Guard is offering 15 seats in the upcoming class. There is no cost for tuition, room or meals. The start date for the next class is Jan. 14, 2018. Interested candidates should apply by Dec. 15.

The Delaware National Guard will be conducting information briefings for those who want to learn more about the program. The times, dates and locations are 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 30, at the Smyrna Readiness Center, 103 Artisan Drive; 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Delaware National Guard Headquarters, 1 Vavala Way, New Castle; and 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Seaford Armory, 601 Bridgeville Highway.

For more on the Youth ChalleNGe program, visit cgyca.org, call 202-730-1579 or email info@cgyca.org.

For more on the information briefings, call 326-7102 or email karen.m.hughes18.nfg@mail.mil.