This Week at Challenge, Week 16
Week 16 continued the long winding road towards graduation. Around the facility, everyone is wrapping up their work as the cadets prepare to walk across the stage. The cadets continue gaining muscle and confidence while they complete assignments successfully. With only three weeks until break, and five weeks until graduation, the cadets are increasingly excited that the end is in sight and soon they will have completed the challenge.
The cadets are beginning the final push in school, finishing up their math and English workbooks. Many of the cadets are working on earning extra credits looking forward to graduation and beyond. Cadets also began preparing their resume and a cover letter so that they will be ready to apply for a job when they get home. Speakers and singers for graduation will be chosen soon, and the names announced at graduation.
One of the big parts of the program is Service to Community (S2C). Once a week, cadets go off-site to do jobs in the community. Not only does this give the cadets a break from their regular duties, but it gives them a chance to earn valuable job experience while also discovering how much a few volunteer hours can help the community thrive. Cadet Garcia, A from third platoon gave her perspective on Service to Community and what it means to her and her fellow cadets.
***Service to Community
By Garcia, A
At the Oregon Youth Challenge Program, cadets are required to get at least 80 hours of community service while enrolled in the program. To get these hours, cadets must go off-site, and work for 6-8 hours at local businesses. Our S2C trips, are not only a requirement, but a privilege and they are fun! Not only do we get to help the community, but we get to be out of the facility for a few hours. When we go on these S2C’s we are able to talk, and create better relationships with the other cadets in the program. We also learn the values of helping the community and what it means to others that we do it. It teaches us how to be better citizens once we leave the program. I have never done any kind of community service before attending this program, and I know for a fact that I will be doing some on my own once I graduate. I know that community service can come off as something boring, or something that only criminals have to do for the government, but it can be a very fun, and rewarding experience. ***
Some of the cadets still need to complete their placement requirements; please ensure that they have the time to visit schools or businesses to make sure that they get this requirement fulfilled. The cadets will all be coming home with a packet full of paperwork including homework, progress report cards, and other important documents. Please go through this with your cadet to make sure that all important work is both looked at and completed.
With only six weeks to go, parental support is needed more than ever. Many cadets are getting anxious as they can sense their end goal is near. Your children need your help in finishing the program and taking that first step towards a better and brighter future. Please continue to write to them and show your cadet not only how proud you are of them, but also how succeeding in the present can only lead to better things in their future.