A: Mail may be sent to: NJYCA Add Department i.e. RPM or Cadet Name Here> Bldg. 5910, West 16th Street Joint Base MDL, NJ 08640
A: You will wake up at 5:00AM and go to bed at 9:00 PM
A: All students who earn the privilege will be given the opportunity to take the GED test while attending the Youth ChalleNGe Academy. Those who do not make a satisfactory score are encouraged to enroll in an adult education center in their home town when they return.
A: Cadets are not allowed to use tobacco products during the 22 weeks.
A: Yes, however even your spare time consists of structured activities.
A: You can not enroll your child in the academy. Enrollment at the academy is strictly voluntary. All cadets must be willing to enter the academy and comply with its rules and strict discipline. All cadets are interviewed about their willingness to enter the academy.
A: The academy is a `No Fee` program. It is currently funded 75 percent by the Federal Government and 25 percent by the State of New Jersey. However, cadets must have a physical before they enter the academy and purchase some clothing and toiletry items. It is possible to spend at least $200 or more in preparation for enrollment.
A: The State of New Jersey only issues one kind of diploma - a New Jersey High School Diploma. Cadets who achieve a passing grade on the GED examination receive a New Jersey High School Diploma.
A: This is not a "Boot Camp" operated by the Department of Juvenile Justice. It is a military-style academy sponsored by the New Jersey National Guard. By cooperative agreement with the National Guard Bureau, no cadet can have court dates pending, be on probation or be a convicted felon.
A: 5 1/2 months (22 weeks) in residence and 12 months in the post-residential phase, a total of 17 and a half months.
A: There are scheduled pass dates, however, most of the time the cadets remain at the academy on weekends and evenings. All parents are given the pass dates, which are located in the Parent Handbook.
A: Yes cadets can be expelled if they do not cooperate. For example, a cadet who is found to be in possession of an illegal drug would be expelled from the academy. Cadets who no longer want to participate voluntarily may request to quit the academy. Parents/Guardians and various staff are contacted to determine why a cadet wants to quit and conduct a process of interviews. If the cadet`s reason is valid or it is hopeless to change the cadet`s mind, the cadet is allowed to quit the academy.