The Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program is an Alternative High School. It is a residential school where cadets (students) live on site for 5 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. Staff utilize a "Hands Off", tough love, caring, disciplined approach to instill values, train, and instruct cadets. 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 Accreditation Commission, approved by the Oregon Department of Education, and an approved sponsor for the National School Lunch Program, providing meals to students at no cost.
The school is not easy...but it is rewarding.
The target population of students are generally students who are 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 months and graduate to receive any credits, diploma or GED. It is all or nothing. To be eligible you must be a high school dropout, 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 two phases to the 17 ½ month ChalleNGe Program.
First is the 22 week residential phase. It is split into a mandatory 2 week acclimation period consisting of military indoctrination, physical development, discipline and structure. This is followed by the 20 week academic classroom instruction and service to community period.
The second is the 12 month post-residential phase consisting of mentoring and placement. During this period the student returns to the community to implement goals, objectives, placement and post residential activities they 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, GED, go on to community college, enlist in the military, return to high school, join the job corps, start a job or similar vocational interest.
Frank Strupith 541.317.9623 ext 223 Frank.A.Strupith@mil.state.or.us
David Nolte 541.317.9623 ext 224 David.V.Nolte@mil.state.or.us
Oregon National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program
23861 Dodds Road, Bend, Oregon 97701
Business Fax 541-382-6785
Application Fax 541-388-9960