The meetings will be held June 14 and 18 at the Smyrna Readiness Center, 103 Artisan Drive, off of Wheatley's Pond Road (Route 300).

The Delaware National Guard will hold information sessions in Smyrna for ages 16 to 18 who want to learn more about the “Youth ChalleNGe Program” for high school dropouts, those no longer attending school, and those failing in high school.

Two information sessions are available on Tuesday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m., and two more sessions are available Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.

The meetings will be held at the Smyrna Readiness Center, 103 Artisan Drive, off of Wheatley’s Pond Road (Route 300).

To RSVP, call 326-7075.

The Delaware National Guard is offering the class for 12 participants. There is no cost for tuition, room, or meals.

The starting date for the next class is July 11. Interested candidates should apply by June 18.

Classes provide Delaware youth with opportunities for personal growth, self-improvement, and academic achievement. The Youth ChalleNGe program is a highly structured, military styled, non-traditional educational environment that integrates training, mentoring, tough love, and diverse educational and extracurricular activities.

To be eligible, a participant must be 16 to 18 years old, with no violent or felony offenses, no charges pending, and no history of mental disorders, who dropped out or are in the process of dropping out of high school.

To enroll in the Youth ChalleNGe Program, visit, call 202-730-1579 or email

For more information about the program or about the information meetings in Smyrna, call Lt. Col. Angela Showell at 302-326-7075 or email

The program is offered through a partnership of the Delaware National Guard, Delaware Department of Education and the Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy. The Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy is a longer program that offers at-risk youth the opportunity to get a GED after a 22-week session in Laurel, Maryland. This program is an excellent opportunity for students that cannot conform to a traditional learning environment and are willing to learn but need discipline.