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February 11, 2011
Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program Cadets Present Colors at Oregon State Capitol
SALEM, Ore. — Four cadets from the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) will pay tribute to the state of Oregon on its 152nd birthday by presenting the colors in the House Chambers at the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, Feb. 14 at 11:00 a.m.

Following the OYCP Color Guard, Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, will present the 2011 budget for the department, which administers, houses, equips and trains the Oregon Air and Army National Guard.

Among the OYCP Color Guard members are Cadets Dillon Padua of Hillsboro, Ore.; Jacob Lewellyn of Hermiston, Ore.; Chris Lennox of Scappoose, Ore.; and Perez Frias of Damascus, Ore. Color Guard cadets are chosen for demonstrating leadership skills, positive behavior, strong academic achievement and overall above-standard performance.

OYCP, a statewide alternative high school for academically at-risk youth, accepts two classes of 156 cadets from urban and rural areas across Oregon every year and is cost-free for cadets and their families. It is one of 33 nationwide National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs and has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the country.

While in the program, cadets work through a two-phase series, beginning with an intensive residential program during which they develop life-coping skills, perform community service work and attend academic classes. The program also helps cadets develop life plans to outline clear and organized steps for continuing along the path of success after graduation.

This phase is followed by one year of mentoring with an adult who is trained by the program and selected by the cadet. During this time, the cadets receive encouragement and support in implementing their life plans as they re-enter their home environments.

About OYCP
Since 1994, more than 4,000 cadets from urban and rural areas of Oregon have entered the OYCP. The voluntary 17 1/2-month program provides youth who are at risk of not completing their high school education, both male and female, ages 16 to 18, with a second chance to succeed. 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 Youth ChalleNGe Program, (541) 317-9623 Ext. 221 Vanessa Ward, Vox Public Relations Public Affairs, (503) 869-1002