Second chance: Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program hosts Family Day

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
The Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program recently held Family Day Sunday that included a marching competition.

CARVILLE - The Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program hosted Family Day at The Gillis Long Center Nov. 10.

More than 250 cadets make up the 2013 class that began on Oct. 6 and is scheduled to graduate on Mar. 15, 2014.

Each platoon participate in a marching competition and arrived in formation at the parade field in order to demonstrate the skills and discipline they have learned during the first five weeks of the program.

At the completion of the marching competition, the cadets were allowed to spend time with their families on the grounds surrounding the parade field.

Guests were allowed to tour the facility barracks where the cadets reside while in the program. More than 2,000 family members and friends were expected.

The mission of the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of 16-18 year-old adolescents, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary in order to succeed as productive citizens.

Since 1994, more than 100,000 cadets have graduated nationwide with more than 20,000 from Louisiana. Typically, Louisiana graduates approximately 1,400 teens a year from three locations at Camp Beauregard near Alexandria, Camp Minden near Bossier City and the Gillis W. Long Center.