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Rep. Napolitano Applauds Increased Funding for National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program

July 24, 2013
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) Yesterday, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) applauded the first step in the adoption of a National Guard Youth Foundation amendment to H.R. 2397, the Defense Appropriations Act of 2014. Napolitano was a cosponsor of the bipartisan amendment offered by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), which gives an additional $10 million to the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP).

“I am proud to join my colleagues in continuing major support for a program that turns around the lives of so many at-risk youth,” Napolitano said. “The programs at Sunburst Academy (Los Alamitos) and Grizzly Academy (San Luis Obispo) graduate 700 students annually and we hope through increased funding to build upon this success in California. I have seen firsthand the transformation that takes place when we give our youngsters every chance to succeed, providing them with life skills and tools. This investment in their lives is worth every penny to our society, community, state, and country.”

"I applaud Congresswoman Napolitano’s staunch advocacy for the National Guard’s Youth ChalleNGe program and her recognition of how important it is for the youth of California,” said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, Adjutant General, California National Guard. “This increase in funding will make a real difference, allowing thousands of our youth to acquire a superior education and the life skills they need to realize their dreams and aspirations. I want to personally thank Congresswoman Napolitano for her support of Southern California’s future generations."

Youth ChalleNGe is a program run by the National Guard that uses military discipline and mentoring to help at-risk youth complete high school and emerge better able to succeed in the wider world.

Napolitano is the Co-chair and founder of the Congressional National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Caucus.

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