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December 09, 2008
Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program Salutes the Final 2008 Graduates
Bend, Ore. – Next week, 110 cadets from the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program are scheduled to graduate from the rigorous five-month program that serves as the only statewide alternative high school in Oregon.

Graduation is scheduled to take place at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, Ore., at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

While in the program, cadets continue their education and develop life plans to outline clear and organized steps for continuing along the path of success after graduation. Cadets work through a two-phase program, beginning with an intensive, five-month residential program during which they cultivate life-coping skills, perform community service work and attend academic classes. The voluntary, 17-month program provides at-risk youth, both male and female, ages 16 to 18 with a second chance to succeed. Graduates of OYCP will have earned a high school diploma, a G.E.D. or enough credits to return to high school.

The program, which is cost-free to cadets and their families, is followed by one year of mentorship. The cadets receive encouragement and support while implementing their life plans.

The Oregon National Guard started its first pilot program in 1994, and became the official challeNGe program in 1999. Since 1995, more than 3,500 cadets from urban and rural areas of Oregon have entered the OYCP.

The OYCP is one of only a few programs in the nation that is an accredited high school and has been ranked one of the top three programs in three of the last four years.

Details about the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program are available at www.oycp.com or by phoning (541) 317-9623.
Contact Info:
Dan Radabaugh
Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program
(541) 317-9623 Ext. 221