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Lafayette interviews set for Youth Challenge Program

Posted at 1:01 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-19 14:01:55-05

The Youth Challenge Program is currently interviewing for the next upcoming class at Camp Minden, and will be in Lafayette next month.

The next class starts February 17.

Interviews in Lafayette will be held December 15 starting at noon at the South Regional Library on Johnston Street, and again on January 12 starting at 10 a.m. at the National Guard Armory on Surrey Street near the airport.

Anyone who knows a male or female between the ages of 16-18 who could benefit from the Youth Challenge Program, is asked to call 1-800-CAMP-KID. For a full listing of upcoming interviews or any inquiries, please call 1-800-CAMP-KID or visit

The National Guard Youth Challenge Program has operated in Louisiana for over 25 years. The YCP is a free, alternative-education program catering to 16-18 year olds who may be struggling to complete high school in a traditional setting. The program also caters to individuals that may be struggling with behavior issues.

During the two-phase program, students are taught discipline, responsibility, leadership and followership all while working to obtain a high school equivalency diploma. Students also have the option to pursue Course Choice/Credit Recovery. This pathway allows them to remain enrolled in high school for the duration of their stay at YCP while also working on their current high school course-load online, returning to high school upon graduation from YCP. The program is led by professionals who emphasize education and life-coping skills.

The mission of the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program is to “intervene in and reclaim the lives of 16-18 year-old adolescents, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary in order to succeed as productive citizens,” a statement reads.