National Guard Youth Challenge
The Louisiana Youth ChalleNGe Program is a multifaceted program that aims to help at-risk adolescents achieve their education and become productive and responsible members of society.
•The first phase of the Louisiana Youth ChalleNGe Program is a 5 month residential alternative military-like school that offers at-risk adolescents an opportunity to work on their education and life skills in a structured and disciplined environment.
•Teamwork, discipline, academic excellence and personal growth are emphasized.
•The second phase is a 12 month post-residential phase that consists of case managers and community mentors assisting cadets to put into action goals they have realized in the residential phase. During the post-residential phase cadets are monitored as they return to their communities to continue their education or begin employment.
Louisiana has three Youth Challenge locations:
*Camp Beauregard in Pineville
Classes begin in January and July
*Camp Minden near Bossier City
Classes begin in February and August
*The Gillis Long Center in Carville near Baton Rouge
Classes begin in April and October.