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.
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).