Rep. Calvert Joins Rep. Napolitano in Supporting the National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe Program
Today, Congressman Ken Calvert (CA-42) joined Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) in introducing the Building Success for Youth ChalleNGe Act, H.R. 1638. The bill authorizes the transfer of equipment and facilities from the federal government to the National Guard for purposes of supporting the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP). Rep. Calvert is an original cosponsor and Republican lead on the bipartisan legislation.
“I’m proud to cosponsor the Building Success for Youth ChalleNGe Act and help our at-risk youth take advantage of this life changing program,” said Rep. Calvert. “It’s critical that we support programs like the National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe that can take young adults who drop out of school and provide them with the skills necessary to become contributing members of our communities. I’m eager to help bring the Challenge program to Riverside County and March Air Reserve Base to help the at-risk youth in our region.”
The passage of the Building Success for Youth ChalleNGe Act will facilitate the establishment of a National Guard Youth Challenge program in Riverside County at the Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) Moreno Valley located at March Air Reserve Base. The NOSC is the most appropriate facility to be used to establish a National Guard Youth Challenge program in Riverside County. However, current U.S. law prevents the facility, when it is expected to be declared excess by the Navy in two years, to be transferred to the National Guard to be used for the Youth Challenge Program. The Building Success for Youth ChalleNGe Act provides the necessary legislative fix by permitting excess federal military installations to be transferred to the National Guard for use by the State’s National Guard to support a Youth Challenge program.
The mission of the National Guard Youth Challenge program is to intervene in and reclaim the lives of at-risk youth to produce program graduates with the values, skills, education and self-discipline necessary to succeed as adults. The Challenge program accomplishes this by:
- Providing a safe, structured environment that promotes academic achievement.
- Developing leadership traits, which improve self-esteem, pride, and personal confidence.
- Teaching life skills that will benefit young men and women in the adult working world (such as budgeting, personal hygiene, punctuality, teamwork, responsibility, and cooperation).