The Oregon National Guard Youth Challenge Program (OYCP) is the only accredited statewide alternative high school. 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. Our staff utilize a “hands off”, tough love, caring, and disciplined approach to instill values, train and instruct cadets. Cadets are eligible to earn a high school diploma, GED or credit recovery of 8 certified credits from required class work completion. The school is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and approved by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).
The school is difficult….and very rewarding.
The target population of Cadets is generally those considered “academically at risk”. Those who are failing in school, not attending, or those who have dropped out. Cadets must be able and willing to participate in all activities to be successful in this program. This is an all or nothing program. Cadets who enroll in OYCP must complete the entire 5 month residential phase in order to receive any credit or educational credential.
There are two phases to the program. The first is a 22 week, tuition free, residential phase where Cadets live on site participating in military structure, discipline, physical fitness, service to community and academic classroom instruction.
The second phase is a 12 month mentor active period when the Cadet returns to the community to implement goals, objectives, placement and post residential activities developed while in the residential phase. Examples of placement may be returning to high school, going to college, starting a full time job or volunteer work, enlisting in the military, joining Job Corps, or a similar vocational interest.
The OYCP Residential phase (22 weeks) is divided into three stages: Red Stage, White Stage, and Blue Stage.
Red Stage (Weeks 1-2) – This is the acclimation stage of the program. You will learn the military model, customs & courtesies, the cadet handbook, the rules and policies, and how to properly interact within the program. All tasks will be performed “by the numbers” through a high volume of drill instruction led by the cadre. It is highly structured, very intense, and physically demanding. We have a short period of time to teach the cadets everything they need to know to be successful.
White Stage (Weeks 3-13) – This is when school begins. Cadets will spend 4 days per week in classroom instruction with daily study hall periods. We use a holistic approach to insure that every cadet is given the chance to be academically successful. There is no where to hide in our academic process. Cadets that fall behind are quickly identified and resources are made available to help them be successful. Service to Community (S2C) starts during white stage. Cadets will conduct over 80 hours of service to our community partners.
Blue Stage (Weeks 14-22) – This is when we finalize the cadets for their return to their communities. Cadets will be finishing up their academic work and extra credit. The Cadets will finish their Cadet Action Plans (CAP) and verify their placement upon graduation. After 22 tough and demanding weeks, Blue Stage ends when the Cadets walk across the stage for graduation.
Things To Consider
Everything you do here will be done our way and on our terms. OYCP has no tolerance for disrespect, bullying, fighting, lying, cheating, or stealing. You will live as a team and as such you will be held accountable as a team. Wake up is at 0600 daily and lights out is at 2130. While you are here, you will receive three meals and two snacks per day. OYCP is not a right it is a privilege.
Things To Remember
We provide the opportunity for you to change but ultimately it is your choice if you want to change and be successful in life. Over 100,000 youth just like you chose to be successful. Choose to succeed. When you graduate from OYCP you will have significantly increased your math, reading, and language skills. You will have had the opportunity to recover high school credits or earn an educational credential. You will be a better person with more self-confidence and self-esteem. You will have a plan in place to be successful in life. Lastly, you will discover the real you.