Residents of Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes graduated June 13 from the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program at Camp Beauregard during a ceremony at The Pentecostal Church in Alexandria.
The graduates from Livingston Parish are Trent M. Black, Mason T. Gaudet, Mason S. Miller, David J. Monroe, Samuel M. Sloan, Christopher J. White and Brianna S. Womack, Denham Springs; Wyatt J. Landry, Livingston; and Tristan R. Hull, Walker.
Tangipahoa Parish graduates are Edward L. Heaton, Amite; Juan V. Wilson, Hammond; and Heather R. Grabert and Jackie D. Lucas, Ponchatoula.
The YCP offers youths ages 16 to 18 opportunities to further their educational goals through partnerships with Bossier Parish Community College and Associated Building Contractors, according to a news release.
Participants in the BPCC program earned a total of 471 transferable college credits before graduating from the five-month residential phase. Cadets in the ABC program completed a 90-hour National Center for Construction Education and Research course that allows them to become certified in basic construction technology.
“Our cadets have come to the Youth Challenge Program from all walks of life, from various locations across the state, and with unique personal challenges,” said Maj. Kenneth Paul, director of the Camp Beauregard YCP. “Our cadets understood that life was not what it should have been and volunteered to make a change.”
The YCP is administered to participants at no cost and has been recognized as one of the nation’s most effective and cost efficient programs for targeting at-risk youth, according to the release.
More than 80 percent of teens who graduate from the program go on to further their education, join the work force or enlist in the military, the release said.