The Belize Youth Challenge (BYC) is a revision and upgrade of the National Youth Cadet Service Corps (NYCSC) which was established on October 1st, 1999. Over the years, the Corps programme evolved to one that was managed by civilians with support from Belize Defence Force Volunteers and in November 2016, the NYCSC was transferred from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports to the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation.
The Belize Youth Challenge is modelled off of a similarly successful Youth Challenge Programme run by the Louisiana National Guard in the USA and was established with their technical support. BYC is partnership between the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation.
The program is jointly managed by the Belize Defence Force and the Community Rehabilitation Department.