The Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program is a
public alternative High School. It is a residential school where cadets
(students) live on site for 5 ½ months while attending the military model
school. This period is followed by a mandatory 12 month mentor phase back in the
community. 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 discipline. Students
are eligible to earn a high school diploma, GED or credit recovery of 8
certified credits if they complete the required class work. The school is
accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities.
It is approved by the Oregon Department of Education. The school is not easy…but
it is rewarding.
The target population of students are generally students who are considered “at
risk”, dropped out of high school, not attending school or are failing in
school. Students must be able and willing to participate in all 8 CORE areas to
graduate. A student who enrolls must stay the entire 5 ½ months and graduate to
receive any credits, diploma or GED. It is all or nothing. You must be 16 to 18
years old and an Oregon resident. Applicants are required to have a minimum of
two eligible mentors prior to enrollment. You must be drug free at time of
entrance and may not be on probation or parole at time of entrance. An
individual with a felony crime conviction is not eligible.
There are three phases to the program. First is a two week mandatory
“pre-challenge period consisting of military indoctrination, physical
development, discipline and structure. This is followed by the 20 week academic
classroom instruction period. The final phase is a 12 month mentor active period
when the student returns to the community to implement goals, objectives,
placement and post residential activities developed while in the residential
phase. All students must have a placement and responsible plan to implement back
in the community to be eligible to graduate. Many students earn their high
school diploma, go on to community college, enlist in the military, return to
high school, join the job corps, start a job or similar vocational interest.