YCP Press Release # 34 - 250 cadets graduate from YCP-Camp Beauregard
June 15, 2015
Youth Challenge Program graduated 250 cadets
PINEVILLE, La. – The Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program graduated 250 cadets during a ceremony at The Pentecostal Church in Alexandria, La., June. 13 at 11 a.m.
United States Senator Bill Cassidy, and United States Representative Ralph Abraham, District 5, joined Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard at the graduation ceremony. Both Senator Cassidy and Representative Abraham delivered a commencement address. Louisiana State Representative Terry Brown, District 22, and Louisiana State Representative Jeffrey Hall, District 26 were also present.
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., included 51 cadets who participated in the BPCC program and earned a total of 471 transferrable college credits before graduating from the 5 month residential phase. Additionally, in partnership with Associated Building Contractors, 46 cadets completed a 90 hour NCCER course which allows them to become certified in basic construction technology.
This graduating class includes 12 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. Five star cadets included: Nicholas Madrigal of Bunkie, Khareyell Hatton of Baton Rouge, Noah Trabeaux of Baton Rouge, Patrick Mattox of Simsboro, Kaitlyn Longino of Robeline, Charles Avant of Pineville, Bryland Babineaux of Opelousas, Seth Hargroder of Opelousas, Michael Hash of Morgan City, Benjamin Bordelon of Mandeville, Cain Breaux of Maurice, and Jordan Busby of Bogalusa.
Of these top cadets, Benjamin Bordelon of Mandeville, La was selected as cadet of the cycle.
The Youth Challenge Program offers 16-18 year-old young people an opportunity to improve their lives through participation in an innovative residential educational program designed to equip them with the values, life skills, and education necessary in order to succeed as productive citizens. Approximately 75 percent of Louisiana YCP graduates receive their HiSET (GED), and more than 80 percent go on to further their education, join the workforce, or enlist in the military.
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.
Since 1994, program participants have donated more than 5 million hours of community service, and more than 100,000 cadets have graduated nationwide with more than 19,000 being from Louisiana. Typically, Louisiana graduates approximately 1,400 teens a year from three locations: Camp Beauregard near Alexandria, Camp Minden near Shreveport and The Gillis W. Long Center near Baton Rouge.