Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program honors 53rd class with graduation ceremony (Photo)


News Release from Oregon Military Department
Posted on FlashAlert: June 13th, 2017 9:00 AM
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BEND, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) is scheduled to host a graduation ceremony for its 53rd class on June 14, at 11 a.m. at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center, Middle Sister Building, 3800 SW Airport Way, Redmond, OR.

The graduation ceremony honors 131 students from several different high schools across Oregon. OYCP is a statewide, accredited alternative high school that serves all of Oregon and features a rigorous five-and-a-half-month in residence phase followed by a year of active mentorship.

"We are so grateful for our educators and staff, as well as filled with pride for each and every individual graduate and their efforts. Congratulations to all for this success," said Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director for the Oregon Military Department.

The ceremony is expected to draw hundreds of family members, friends and community supporters of the graduating cadets from across the state. The event is open to the public and media is invited to attend.

About OYCP:
OYCP is one of 37 nationwide National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Programs and has been recognized as one of the premier programs in the country. The OYCP program is cost-free to cadets and their families and has successfully graduated more than 4,600 cadets since its inception in 1994. The voluntary, 17-and-a-half-month program provides youth who are at-risk of not completing their high school education, both male and female, ages 16 to 18, from urban and rural areas of Oregon, with another opportunity to succeed.

Cadets work through a two-phase program, beginning with an intensive five-and-a-half-month residential program during which they develop life-coping skills, perform volunteer community service work and attend academic classes. While in the program, cadets continue their education, develop life skills and create a plan, outlining clear and organized steps to keep them along the path of success following graduation. The second phase of the program consists of one year of mentorship. During this phase, cadets receive encouragement and support as they implement their plans to re-enter their home environments.

Details about the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program are available at www.oycp.com or by calling (541) 317-9623.

Cadet Abigail Tamay speaks to a packed crowd about what graduation from the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) has meant to her and her family during a graduation ceremony at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on June 15, 2016. The OYCP program helps youth at risk of not graduating high school make up their credits and learn military core values. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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