To apply for the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program, print and fill out an application from the website, and then take it to one of the locations listed on the site. The website also has a schedule of times and dates when locations accept applications.
Only those who are 16 to 18 years old may join the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program, and participants must have Louisiana residency and legal citizenship. There are three different programs available, and take place at Camp Beauregard, Camp Minden and the Gillis W. Long Center.
At each location, participants live in the barracks, and then attend school throughout the week beginning on Monday and ending on Friday. Students have access to many additional training sources including athletic fields. All cadets have full supervision, and a requirement of the program is that cadets stay on post throughout the program. All participants receive bedding, meals and uniforms at no cost, and there are more than 1,400 students that complete the program each year.
Each program lasts for 17 months, and there are two phases. The first, which lasts for five months, is a residential program where students remain at their post. The final 12 months is off of post, and graduates continue education, begin job training, enroll in college, and then enlist in the military or find employment.