Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program Class of 2019-02 Graduates!

Cadet Karlyn Dobson, class 2019-2 of the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program (OYCP), speaks during the graduation ceremony for class 2019-02 on what led her to attend OYCP and the rewarding experiences she had during the five-month program. (Oregon Military Department photos by Sgt. 1st Class Zach Holden)

The Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program (OYCP) class 2019-02 graduated 154 cadets Dec. 18, from the five-month physical and academic training program. OYCP’s mission is to provide opportunities for personal growth, self-improvement, and academic achievement among 16-18-year-old Oregon high school dropouts, teens no longer attending and those failing in school, through a highly structured non-traditional environment; integrating training, mentoring and diverse educational activities.

Cadets from class 2019-2 of the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program (OYCP), eagerly await the presentation of certificates and completion of their five-month journey. (Oregon Military Department photos by Sgt. 1st Class Zach Holden)

OYCP is Oregon’s only accredited statewide alternative high school. The program is tuition-free, and eligible individuals are accepted from all 36 counties in Oregon.  The school is a non-traditional model that operates similar to a military academy.  The program is guided by military principles, structure, and self-discipline, and is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and approved by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

Mr. Daniel Radabaugh, director, Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program (OYCP), addresses friends and family of the graduating cadets during the graduation ceremony for class 2019-2. (Oregon Military Department photos by Sgt. 1st Class Zach Holden)
Members of the Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program (OYCP) class 2019-2 drill team perform a demonstration during the graduation ceremony for class 2019-2. (Oregon Military Department photos by Sgt. 1st Class Zach Holden)

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