YCP Press Release # 20 - 283 cadets graduate from YCP-Camp Beauregard
December 10, 2014
Youth Challenge Program graduated 283 cadets
Pineville, La. – The Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program at Camp Beauregard graduated 283 cadets during a ceremony at The Alexandria Riverfront Center in Alexandria, La., Dec. 13 at 11 a.m.
Through partnerships with Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) and Associated Building Contractors, The Youth Challenge Program now offers students additional opportunities to further their educational goals.This graduating class from Pineville, La., includes 62 cadets who participated in the BPCC program and earned a total of 633 transferrable college credits before graduating from the 5 month residential phase. Additionally, in partnership with Associated Building Contractors, 52 cadets completed a 90 hour NCCER course which allows them to become certified in basic construction technology.
Maj. Kenneth Paul, director of YCP at Camp Beauregard stated, “Our cadets have come to the Youth Challenge Program from all walks of life, from various locations across the state, and with unique personal challenges. Our cadets understood that life was not what it should have been and volunteered to make a change. The Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program has facilitated that change and provided hope to many teenagers and their families through this second chance.”
This graduating class includes 14 cadets who were awarded the rank of 5 star, which is the highest rank a cadet can achieve. These cadets have excelled in all aspects of the program and have been selected as leaders among their peers. Of these top cadets, Matthew Brooks of Shreveport, La. was selected as Cadet of the Cycle.
The mission of the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of 16-18 year-old adolescents, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary in order to succeed as productive citizens.
The Youth Challenge Program offers young people an opportunity to improve their lives through participation in an innovative, alternative school.
The Youth Challenge Program is administered to participants at no cost, and all needs such as meals, bedding, classroom instruction, and uniforms are provided free of charge. This award-winning program has been recognized as one of the nation’s most effective and cost efficient programs for targeting at-risk youth.
Since 1994, more than 100,000 cadets have graduated nationwide with more than 20,000 being from Louisiana. Typically, Louisiana graduates approximately 1,400 teens a year from three locations: Camp Beauregard near Alexandria, Camp Minden near Bossier City and Gillis W. Long Center near Baton Rouge. More than 80 percent of teens that graduate this two-phase program go on to further their education, join the work force or enlist into the military.
Approximately 80 percent of Louisiana YCP graduates receive their HiSET
Program participants have donated more than 5 million hours of community service
Programs have awarded graduates nearly 50,000 academic credentials.