The Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program is a 17-month program, which offers at-risk adolescents an opportunity to change their future. The initial program consists of a 5-month residential phase where cadets learn self-discipline, leadership, and responsibility while working to obtain a high school general equivalency diploma (GED). Participants live and work in a structured and disciplined military like environment, which encourages teamwork and personal growth. The second phase of the program is a 12-month post-residential phase. During the post-residential phase, students are assisted by mentors from their home communities and YCP case managers as they return home and continue their education or enter the work force.
Applicants must be a U S citizen or legal resident, resident of Louisiana, free from drugs, have no felony convictions, and most importantly, have a desire to complete the program. This is a voluntary program. Students who are 16-18 years old meet the age requirements.
- Since 1994, over 20,000 Louisiana teens have graduated
- LANG YCP sees over 1,400 graduates every year
- Over 80% of graduates
- Continue their education
- Begin entry-level job training
- Join the workforce
- Enlist into the military
Louisiana has three Youth ChalleNGe locations:
*Camp Beauregard in Pineville
*Camp Minden near Bossier City
*The Gillis Long Center in Carville near Baton Rouge