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Administration

Nelson Ribon

DIRECTOR

Mr. Nelson Ribon was appointed by the Adjutant General to serve as the Director of the New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe Academy (NJYCA) on August 1, 2019.

Mr. Ribon joined the NJYCA in January 2019 to serve as the principal and leader of the educational programs offered to our residents. At the conclusion of Class 49 in April, he was promoted to serve as Deputy Director of Programs where he oversaw all academic offerings, counseling, medical services, service-to-community, staff training & professional development, religious services, assessments, mental health, and academic and community partnerships. In addition, he actively supported the Academy’s strategic planning, recruiting, marketing and post-residential planning efforts. 

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Jackson M. Rivera

COMMANDANT

Major Jackson M. Rivera is the Commandant of Cadets with the New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe Academy.

In this capacity he is responsible for accountability, control, and overall well-being of the Cadet Corps and supervision of the Cadre Department. The Commandant establishes and maintains the Youth ChalleNGe Academy tradition. Oversees cadet records covering discipline and behavior, community projects, and leadership. Plans, develops, and coordinates training activities for cadets when not participating in academic or counseling scheduled courses. Ensures cadre staff operates in accordance to the Operations SOP, the Academy’s behavior management procedures, and Academy policies & procedures.

Peter Sarni III

RECRUITMENT, PLACEMENT, MENTORING (RPM) COORDINATOR

Mr. Peter Sarni III is the Recruitment, Placement and Mentoring (RPM) Coordinator with the New Jersey Youth ChalleNGe Academy.

As the RPM Coordinator, Mr. Sarni supervises a team of 8 personnel dedicated to the success of young adults. His section consists of Recruiters, Case Managers, Post-Residential Specialists, IT, and Administrative Assistants. His list of responsibilities include, but are not limited to, all the marketing for the Academy, qualifying all potential candidates, over-seeing the completion of intermediate and long-range goals of the cadets and the post-residential success of each graduate.

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NJYCA Main Number
(800) 997-5587 

Email
rpm@dmava.nj.gov

Mailing Address
NJ Youth ChalleNGe Academy
PO Box 256
Sea Girt, NJ 08750

Location
National Guard Training Center
100 Camp Drive
Sea Girt, NJ 08750
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