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Youth Challenge Program to host Career Fun Day for cadets
Youth Challenge Program to host Career Fun Day for cadets

Approximately 80 cadets with the 40th class of the Arkansas National Guard's Youth Challenge program will celebrate their future with an opportunity to visit representatives of the Department of Workforce Services and various institutions of higher learning during a Career Fun Day.  The event will include various games and a rock climbing wall as well as representatives from the following organizations:

  • Arkansas Barber College
  • Arkansas State University - Beebe
  • Allied Health Center for Dental Assistance
  • Pulaski Technical College
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

The event takes place Wednesday, April 24, 2013.  Media interested in coverage are asked to meet escort at 10 a.m. The event takes place on the grounds of the Youth Challenge Program, located on Camp Robinson.  Interested media are asked to meet escort at the post's main gate Visitors Center on Military Drive in North Little Rock.

The event is specifically in celebration of the class's first 23 cadets having passed the General Educational Development (GED) exam during the first round of testing.  It provides them a look at future opportunities beyond the program, while encouraging their fellow cadets to strive towards meeting that same goal.

Youth Challenge is a structured program for youth ages 16 to 18 who have dropped out of high school.  It is open to males and females, and is free for all applicants.  Upon graduation from the 22-week residential program, cadets are paired with a positive role model for mentorship after they return to their communities.  Graduation date for the class is anticipated for mid-June 2013.