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Rep. Napolitano Congratulates CBS on Winning Emmy for Coverage of Sunburst Youth Academy

October 1, 2015
Press Release

(Washington, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) congratulated CBS on winning an Emmy for “Challenge Academy,” its 7-part series chronicling the Sunburst Youth Academy in Los Alamitos, California.

“We are thrilled CBS has been awarded an Emmy for bringing awareness and much deserved recognition to the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP),” Napolitano said. “This Emmy also belongs to the entire Sunburst family—the nearly 400 annual graduates, current cadets, the dedicated National Guard cadre and Orange County Board of Education, mentors, and all the family members who help their loved ones get back on track. Expanding the program into Los Angeles County is critical, as 75% of the cadets enrolled at Sunburst are from LA County. We congratulate the folks at CBS and thank them for believing in our youth, who continue to show courage to achieve a second chance.”

“CBS did a phenomenal job capturing what the nation's 36 National Guard ChalleNGe programs do to turn around lives of this at-risk population,” said Lt. Col. Joel Armstrong, Director of the Sunburst Youth Academy. “We are honored to serve as a driving force that gives them a second chance to become productive citizens and tomorrow's leaders.”

California has two NGYCPs—Sunburst and Grizzly, located at Camp San Luis Obispo—and a third in Stockton is anticipated to begin in 2016. NGYCP is a 22-week joint federal-state partnership run by the National Guard that enhances life skills, education levels, employment potential, and prospects for the future by providing the assistance, training, and opportunity for students to earn their high school diploma or GED, at no cost to the cadet. Napolitano is the Co-chair and founder of the bipartisan Congressional Youth ChalleNGe Caucus.

“Challenge Academy” recently won the Emmy for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast. The 7-part series produced by CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley can be viewed here:

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