Thursday, June 15, 2017

Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program graduates class 53 (Photo)

OREGON NATIONAL GUARD YOUTH CHALLENGE PROGRAM GRADUATES CLASS 53 (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Military Department
Posted on FlashAlert: June 15th, 2017 11:30 AM
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BEND, Oregon -- The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) graduated its 53rd class on June 14, 2017, at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon.

OYCP is a statewide, accredited alternative high school that serves all of Oregon. The graduation ceremony featured 131 students from several different high schools across Oregon who underwent a rigorous five-and-a-half-month in residence phase. The students will return home and continue with one year of active mentorship following their graduation.

"We are so grateful for our educators and staff, as well as pride filled 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 drew hundreds of family members, friends and community supporters of the graduating cadets from across the state.


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 phoning (541) 317-9623.

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Cadet Alexa Sprengle, student body president, gives a before and after picture of her life and the difference the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) has made during opening remarks at the graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on June 14, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Dave Stuckey, Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department, conveys his pride in the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) and the student's accomplishments during a graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on June 14, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) drill team performs with their rifles during a graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on June 14, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Heidi Moawad, Public Safety Advisor to Governor Kate Brown, conveys the governor's pride in the student's achievements during the Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (OYCP) graduation ceremony in Redmond, Oregon, on June 14, 2017. The OYCP program, which is run by the Oregon National Guard, helps students recuperate high school credits and learn valuable life skills in a military training environment. (Photo by Christopher L. Ingersoll, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
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